President Donald Trump urged Japan to end tariffs on USA farm products when he met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who appears to have deflected the most damaging US demands on trade weeks before the pair are likely to meet again during two upcoming Trump visits.
Japan had dragged its feet on starting the talks for over two years in hopes the USA may return to the successor deal to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Trump withdrew the US from during his first days in office.
Following Friday's meeting, the leaders and their wives had dinner to celebrate the US first lady's birthday.
The leaders are expected to play golf Saturday. The two leaders, however, disagreed on the tariff issue.
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Trump said he felt it was possible to work out a long-term trade deal with Japan. He said a deal between the two countries could be finalized "fairly quickly".
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Abe said Trump assured him that he will fully cooperate in arranging a first summit between Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as part of efforts to resolve Pyongyang's abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.
The official said all future actions would also include consultations with United States ally South Korea.
As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner. Maybe by the time I'm over there. Last fall, Abe said at a news conferences on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly that the USA had agreed not to impose tariffs that had been threatened on Japanese autos.
Abe explained that Japanese companies invested $23 billion (about ¥2.568 trillion) in the United States following the inauguration of the Trump administration, resulting in the creation of 43,000 new jobs.
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Following their talks on Thursday, Putin said Kim is willing to give up nuclear weapons, but only if he gets ironclad security guarantees supported by a multinational agreement. And the prime minister said, It's about 100 times bigger.
"I think that we will see, and the president expects that we'll see, even more good news on that front", Hagerty said.
Abe also said, " On May 1, the Crown Prince will ascend to the throne and the new "Reiwa" era will start.
Trump responded by saying, "That's an honor on behalf of our country, not just the first lady and myself".
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