On September 26, 2018, the United States and Japan announced they would begin negotiations for a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement. On October 16, 2018, USTR officially notified Congress that it 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. On October 7, 2019, the United States and Japan signed the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement. Following the finalization of domestic procedures, both agreements entered into force on January 1, 2020. The United States-Japan Trade Agreement provides for future, additional negotiations between the Parties.
Joint Statement on the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement - September 26, 2018
Notification Letter to Congress - October 16, 2018
U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement: Public Hearing Schedule - December 10, 2018
Transcript of Public Hearing on U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement - December 10, 2018
Fact Sheet: U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement - September 25, 2019
Fact Sheet: Agriculture-Related Provisions of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement - September 25, 2019
Presidential Proclamation to Implement the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement - December 30, 2019