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US, Japan leaders to meet on Sept. 25 in New York

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected to meet Sept. 25 on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly, a senior U.S. government official said Tuesday.

The two leaders may have "very positive announcements," White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters without elaborating. The two countries have been aiming to seal a trade deal later this month.

The Trump administration has already notified Congress that an "initial trade agreement regarding tariff barriers" has been reached with Japan and that it intends to sign it in the coming weeks.

It also said it will be signing an agreement on digital trade.

While details are yet to be announced, the two countries said in August that they had agreed in principle on a deal that covers reductions in tariffs on agricultural and industrial goods, but not autos.

The Trump administration is seeking a deal to reduce its trade deficit with Japan, demanding greater market access for American beef, pork, wheat and dairy products.

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