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Trade talks with Japan should focus more on services: US industry rep

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Christopher J. LaFleur, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, tells reporters that the U.S. and Japan have already covered some issues that will come up in bilateral trade talks. (Photo by Akihide Anzai)

TOKYO -- Ahead of expected trade negotiations between the U.S. and Japan, the chief of an American industry group emphasized that the talks will take into account an evolving services sector that now includes cashless payments and other digital economy systems.

"Services should very much be one of the priority sets of issues in this negotiation," said Christopher J. LaFleur, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

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