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US-Japan trade pact to kick off in January: foreign minister

Motegi hails 'win-win' deal and prepares for next round of talks

Motegi, left, was the lead negotiator with his U.S. counterpart, Lighthizer, on the recently concluded U.S.-Japan trade deal.

TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. intend to enact their recent trade agreement at the start of the year, the man who led Tokyo's negotiations told Nikkei in an interview Thursday.

"The U.S. wants [the trade deal] to be in effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and we have no objections to that," said Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, who assumed his current post in September after serving as economic policy minister.

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