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Anticipate a US-Japan commerce deal in 6 to 9 months, says ex-USTR official

U.S. President Donald Trump stated Monday he expects to get the commerce hole with Japan “straightened out rapidly,” including that bulletins on that would come as quickly as August.

Trump was talking forward of a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, because the American president launched into a state go to amid looming commerce points between the 2 international locations.

“Trade-wise, I think we’ll be announcing some things, probably in August that will be very good for both countries,” Trump stated, in response to Reuters. “We’ll get the balance of trade, I think, straightened out rapidly.”

Based on the U.S. Commerce Consultant, the U.S. had a deficit of $56.eight billion in items and companies with Japan in 2018.

The president ratcheted up stress on Japan the primary day he arrived for a state go to, saying on Saturday that “Japan has had a substantial advantage for many, many years. ” He additionally referred to as on Japanese companies to speculate extra in the USA.

Trump had beforehand stated he didn’t count on main progress till July, when Abe’s ruling bloc faces an election for parliament’s higher home.

“President Trump … would like to claim credit for some progress on trade — whether it’s agriculture or products or automobiles, but he can wait because his election isn’t till November next year, ” stated Glen Fukushima, former deputy assistant of United States Commerce Consultant for Japan and China throughout Ronald Reagan’s administration.

“Trump and Abe have established a good relationship. Both have been relying on each other to help them domestically,” stated Fukushima, who’s now senior fellow on the Middle for American Progress suppose tank.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaks as Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, throughout a dinner on the Inakaya restaurant within the Roppongi district on May 26, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

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In the meantime, Trump’s state go to to Japan has been marked with pomp and ceremony, with the U.S. president assembly Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako on Monday — making him the primary international dignitary to be acquired by the monarch since he inherited the throne earlier this month.

On Sunday, Trump watched Japanese nationwide sport of sumo with Abe after the 2 bonded over hamburgers and golf.

Abe has “figured out” the American president’s psychology, stated Fukushima.

Trump “is someone who has a very big opinion of himself, and he loves to be the president who is the first to do things — so, the first to be the American president to go to the sumo tournament, the first person to see the new emperor,” stated Fukushima.

“Abe has figured out the President Trump’s psychology quite well and therefore, he is providing the red carpet treatment, the pomp and circumstance that Trump really enjoys,” stated Fukushima.

The US is at present in the midst of an costly commerce conflict with China, as Washington protests towards Beijing’s therapy of U.S. firms, at the same time as tensions with Japan and the European Union over commerce simmer.

— CInternet’s Spencer Kimball and Reuters contributed to this report.

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