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Readout of the 3rd Round of U.S.-Japan Parallel Negotiations

October 23, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Acting Deputy USTR Wendy Cutler chaired for the United States this week the 3rd Round of U.S.-Japan Parallel Negotiations on Motor Vehicles, Insurance and other Non-tariff Measures. Both Governments agreed in April 2013 to commence these negotiations after Japan began to participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Following the October 23 conclusion of the round of talks, Ms. Cutler issued the following statement:

“This third round of our parallel negotiations with Japan yielded some progress, although important work remains – particularly in the area of motor vehicles. We will follow up on a range of issues prior to our next round, the timing of which is still being coordinated, in order to advance bilateral work in line with the time frame for the TPP negotiations established in the TPP Leaders’ statement of October 8, 2013. We have continued to stress the critical importance of achieving strong outcomes from these negotiations.”

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