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Readout of USTR Robert Lighthizer's Meeting with Japan Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko

Washington, DC - U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this afternoon met with Japanese Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko to discuss U.S.-Japan trade relations and cooperation against trade-distorting practices by third countries.

In their meeting, Ambassador Lighthizer stressed the importance of addressing the bilateral trade imbalance, given the very high and decades-long U.S. goods trade deficit with Japan.  He additionally underscored how both countries can effectively utilize the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue.

Both sides also stressed the importance of further deepening enforcement cooperation to address unfair practices utilized by third countries that are contributing to global economic imbalances.                                                                                                                      

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