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U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement Negotiations
On September 26, 2018, President Trump and Prime Minister Abe announced that the United States and Japan would begin negotiations for a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement. On October 16, 2018, USTR officially notified Congress that the Trump Administration intended to start negotiations following the completion of necessary domestic procedures. This began a Congressionally-mandated 90-day consultation period under Trade Promotion Authority prior to the launch of negotiations. Public comments on the negotiating objectives for a trade agreement were due on November 26, 2018, and detailed negotiating objectives were released on December 21, 2018. Negotiations started in April 2019.