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Trade not focus of Trump's trip to Japan, White House says

Washington at odds with Tokyo on US auto tariffs

Trump's itinerary in Japan will include watching a sumo wrestling match with Abe and a state banquet hosted by the Imperial Family.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Trade will not be the focus of U.S. President Donald Trump's upcoming trip to Japan, a senior U.S. administration official told reporters Wednesday, in effect dropping a previously floated goal of clinching a quick trade deal by end of May.

Trump, who will visit Japan from Saturday to Tuesday as a state guest, signaled in late April ahead of his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that a trade deal could be ready by the time of his trip to Japan this month.

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