WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai held a virtual introductory meeting today with Japan Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Nishimura Yasutoshi. Ambassador Tai congratulated Minister Nishimura on his appointment before they discussed the upcoming Indo-Pacific Economic Framework Ministerial in Los Angeles. The Ministers also welcomed progress in the areas of labor, digital trade, and cooperation on third-country practices of concern, among others, made during the second round of the U.S.-Japan Partnership on Trade meetings held last week.
Ambassador Tai and Minister Nishimura reaffirmed ongoing collaboration to address non-market policies and practices, including economic coercion, and shared commitment to respect internationally-recognized worker rights, including eradicating forced labor. Ambassador Tai and Minister Nishimura agreed to stay in touch and look forward to meeting in-person next week.