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Trade war

'Mountaintop' now visible in US-Japan trade talks: Tokyo envoy

Top negotiators plan another meeting by end of August

Japanese trade point man Toshimitsu Motegi with U.S. counterpart Robert Lighthizer at a June meeting in Washington. Motegi says his meetings with Lighthizer have made good progress.   © Kyodo

WASHINGTON -- Japan and the U.S. have made significant headway toward a bilateral trade deal in two days of cabinet-level talks, Tokyo's point man said on Aug. 2.

"We have bridged much of the rift between us," Japanese Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters after meeting here with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. "We can see the mountaintop now."

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