Japanese negotiator: No major progress in TPP talks with U.S.

TOKYO, April 22 Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:11am EDT

TOKYO, April 22 (Reuters) - A senior Japanese trade negotiator said on Tuesday there had been no major progress on narrowing differences between Japan and the United States on the establishment of a Pacific trade block.

There were many issues that still need to be negotiated, Japan Deputy Chief Negotiator Hiroshi Oe told reporters.

Oe met U.S. Acting Deputy Trade Representative Wendy Cutler a day before U.S. President Barack Obama's scheduled arrival in Japan, where he will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Obama's visit has put renewed emphasis on negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-nation trade bloc that would stretch from Asia to Latin America. (Reporting by Stanley White; Editing by Edmund Klamann and Robert Birsel)

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