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Japan, U.S. eyeing ministerial trade talks in Washington, D.C. on Aug 1 - sources

Japan, U.S. eyeing ministerial trade talks in Washington, D.C. on Aug 1 - sources
FILE PHOTO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a family photo session in front of Osaka Castle at the G-20 summit, in Osaka, Japan June 28, 2019 Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool via REUTERS -
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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is making preparations to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington on Aug. 1 for ministerial-level trade talks, two sources familiar with the matter said.

The two last held talks last month in Osaka, where Japan hosted the Group of 20 (G20) summit meeting.

U.S. President Donald Trump has pressured Tokyo to speed up talks for a two-way trade deal that would open up Japan’s market for U.S. goods, particularly in areas of agriculture, and fix what he sees as a huge bilateral trade imbalance.

(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Michael Perry)

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