Trump says Japan trade talks coming along 'very nicely'

Trump says Japan trade talks coming along 'very nicely'

Abe and Trump will see each other again soon, with Trump scheduled to travel to Japan next month where he will be the first world leader honored with a state visit after the enthronement of Japan's new emperor, Naruhito.

Trade talks between the USA and Japan are "moving along very nicely", President Donald Trump said Friday.

The U.S. president also confirmed his visit to Japan to attend the summit meeting of the Group of 20 major economies slated for June in Osaka.

Trump also told reporters that talks with Japan on a trade deal to remove tariffs on key products were "moving along very nicely".

Japan's Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met on Thursday in Washington, on the same day that Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had a discussion about linking trade and currencies.

Speaking to reporters with Abe at the White House, Trump said the two leaders plan to talk about a variety of security and economic issues, including "missiles and rockets and everything else".

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Meantime Melania Trump and Akie Abe visited the Washington Monument after the two couples celebrated the USA first lady's 49th birthday over dinner the previous evening. "I'll be there. If that's the case, I'll be there", Trump said.

"I said, 'Gee I don't know if I can make it. Let me ask you a question". I have much more important things to think about and to do.

The United States and Japan announced that they would open trade negotiations in September 2018. He said a trophy is being made for him to present to the victor.

The two leaders have been in close contact, holding "dozens of phone calls or meetings", since Trump took office more than two years ago. At the same time, Trump praised Japanese automobile companies for investing in the U.S. The U.S., however, could still impose the so-called Section 232 tariffs on autos, which would escalate trade tensions. Japan's exports to China fell 9.4% from a year earlier, although exports to the United States rose 4.4%, exacerbating the politically sensitive trade surplus.

"We would like to proceed with the further negotiation that we are now having for that". Japan's conservative ruling party has traditionally relied on strong support from rural voters and has sought to protect the country's farm sector from foreign competition.

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