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Ambassador Froman Meets with Japan’s Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Akira Amari

February 15, 2014

United States and Japan will continue working toward successful completion of TPP

Washington, D.C. – Today in Washington, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman met with Japan’s Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Akira Amari to discuss outstanding issues between the United States and Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

USTR Froman and Minister Amari reviewed the current state of the negotiations and agreed to continue to work together at the upcoming Ministerial meeting in Singapore toward the successful conclusion of a high-standard, comprehensive TPP agreement.

“TPP is a key opportunity to address long-standing barriers and other issues of access to Japan’s market for U.S. exporters and workers,” Ambassador Froman stated.  He added: “Securing strong outcomes with Japan, including for American autos and agriculture, remains a high priority.”

Ambassador Froman and Minister Amari agreed on the importance of narrowing differences between the United States and Japan on agriculture and other market access and rules issues.

They also welcomed the progress made to date in the U.S.-Japan Parallel Negotiations to the TPP, but noted that differences remain, particularly in the negotiations on automotive trade. 

They instructed their teams to continue this work next week in Singapore and Tokyo.