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US and Japan should make limited trade pact more ambitious

American tariffs on Japanese auto exports need to be eliminated

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greet each other in New York on Sept. 25. The bilateral trade pact will take effect on Jan. 1.   © Reuters

A U.S.-Japan trade agreement is set to take effect on Jan. 1 following ratification by the Japanese parliament. The pact that will eliminate or reduce tariffs on many exports between the world's largest and third-largest economies is a welcome development.

But the agreement is narrow in scope and pales in comparison to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which advances free trade in everything from goods to services and investment, and from which the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has withdrawn. Tokyo and Washington should continue to work toward bringing about a more comprehensive agreement. 

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