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US trade representative to visit Japan for talks on access

By: | at 04:56 PM | International Trade  

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will travel to Japan for high-level talks in a bid to break a stalemate over market access for American farm groups and autos, his office said.

Talks about a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade pact have been bogged down as the United States tried to persuade Japan to lower trade barriers.

Froman said on Thursday it was time for Japan “to step up to the plate” and open its markets, which will then pave the way for an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler had already been scheduled to visit Tokyo next week as bilateral talks have accelerated ahead of a visit to Japan later this month by President Barack Obama. (Reuters)