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With Trump vote in mind, Japan yields on beef but protects its rice

Motegi and Lighthizer to finalize trade deal details ahead of next week's summit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, who is also president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, eats rice from local supporters in Fukushima during the 2017 lower house election campaign.   © Reuters

TOKYO/NEW YORK -- Japan will not offer the U.S. tariff exemptions for rice in their soon-to-be-signed trade deal, Nikkei has learned.

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