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The US and Japan kick off economic talks on different pages

Washington wants an FTA, but Tokyo is less than enthusiastic

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso meet in Tokyo on April 18. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

TOKYO/WASHINGTON Japan and the U.S. kicked off high-level economic talks in Tokyo on April 18, with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who co-chaired the meeting along with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso, expressing hope for an eventual bilateral trade pact.

"At some point in the future, there may be a decision made between our nations to take what we have learned in this dialogue and commence formal negotiations for a free trade agreement," Pence told the press after the meeting.

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