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US to press Japan on currency in trade talks

Trade point man Lighthizer seeks March start as China negotiations near an end

The U.S. may raise currency issues in trade talks with Japan.
The U.S. may raise currency issues in trade talks with Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The chief U.S. trade negotiator has hinted that he will bring up currency issues in trade talks with Japan, moving beyond the scope of the goods-focused deal that Tokyo had in mind.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a congressional hearing on Wednesday that he aims to go to Japan in March to kick off negotiations.

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