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No Breakthrough in U.S.-Japan TPP Negotiations, but Talks to Resume Next Week

Two full days of bilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations between the U.S. and Japan did not produce an agreement on Japan’s removal of tariffs on beef, pork and other farm products, but U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and his Japanese counterpart, Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari, are scheduled to resume these discussions April 16-19 in Washington, D.C.

Froman told reporters covering the negotiations that while progress was made this week, the two countries still have gaps on the degree to which tariffs are to be cut and the timeframe for implementing the reductions. The negotiations appear to have taken on a heightened level of intensity in anticipation of an April 24 summit meeting between President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, though Froman and Amari downplayed the suggestion that this meeting represents a deadline for reaching an agreement.

USMEF will provide further updates on these negotiations as more details become available.