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Abe seeks help from industry big shot as tough auto talks loom

US could double down on demands for access to Japan

| Japan

NAGOYA -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is turning to Toyota Motor's chief for tips on handling auto trade talks with the U.S., planning an industrywide response to demands for job creation and access to the Japanese market.

Abe and Toyota President Akio Toyoda are to talk strategy Friday, a week before the prime minister meets with President Donald Trump in the U.S. The industry seems set to take center stage at the summit: Trump told Abe by phone Saturday that he wants to see Japanese automakers create American jobs. The broader issue of a bilateral free trade agreement went unmentioned.

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