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Japan and US hurry trade talks with Trump calendar in mind

September agreement necessary to cut agricultural tariffs before presidential election

A dairy farm in central Washington state: Japanese tariffs on American agricultural goods are among the biggest sticking points for a bilateral trade deal.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Top Japanese and American negotiators will soon meet in Washington in what would be a last-minute attempt to compromise on beef and automobile exports if they were to conclude a trade deal by September.

Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan's minister in charge of the talks, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer hope to move the stalled negotiations forward over two days of sessions starting Wednesday.

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