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Auto tariffs to dominate new US-Japan trade talks

'Free, fair and reciprocal' negotiations expected in late July

Washington's proposed auto tariffs cloud preparations for trade talks between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left, and Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan's fiscal policy minister.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.S. and Japan expect to hold cabinet-level trade talks in Washington as soon as the end of July, even as Tokyo struggles to read the White House's stance with President Donald Trump threatening higher auto tariffs before the meeting.

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