US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe ahead of a dinner at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on April 18, 2018. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN
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Japan's Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday that bilateral talks on trade under a new framework led by him and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer won't begin until mid-June at the earliest.The move could put Japan under direct U.S. pressure to enter talks for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA). Japan is wary of entering such talks and wants to convince Washington to rejoin the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact.Japan and the United States remain at loggerheads on how to frame trade talks.
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