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US and Japan to duel over auto tariffs and FTA at first trade talks

Toyota supplier Denso expects $700m hit if levies are implemented

Fiscal Policy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, left, will lead Japan's team in talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Aug. 9 in Washington. (Photos by Uichiro Kasai and Reuters)

TOKYO -- Japan hopes to skirt higher automobile tariffs and any moves toward a bilateral free trade agreement in the first cabinet-level negotiations with the U.S. next week, but cajoling the increasingly impatient Americans may prove a challenge.

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