USTR Lighthizer to meet Motegi for trade talks in Japan on May 24: sources

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USTR Lighthizer to meet Motegi for trade talks in Japan on May 24: sources

TOKYO: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will visit Japan on May 24 to meet with Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi to accelerate trade talks ahead of a summit meeting scheduled a few days later, two sources with direct knowledge of the plan said on Monday.

After a late-April meeting between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump had said it was possible for the two countries to reach a new bilateral trade deal by the time he visits Tokyo in late May.

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On Friday, Trump angered foreign automakers including Toyota Motor Corp by declaring that some imported vehicles and parts posed a national security threat, while delaying a decision for as long as six months on whether to impose tariffs to allow more time for trade talks with the European Union and Japan.

(Reporting by Yoshifumi Takemoto; Writing by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

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