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INTERVIEW: U.S. Meat Group Chief Seeks Early Trade Talks with Japan

INTERVIEW: U.S. Meat Group Chief Seeks Early Trade Talks with Japan

   Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)--Philip Seng, president of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, has called for an early start of Japan-U.S. trade negotiations, including on the possible conclusion of a bilateral free trade agreement.
   Seng, who took the post in 1990 and has played a central role in opening Japan's beef market to U.S. produce, indicated that trade talks between the two countries should be initiated as soon as the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump is ready.
"I do like the idea of trying to have deadlines" to accelerate such negotiations, Seng said in an interview on Tuesday.
   Japan's tariffs on beef imported from Australia, a U.S. rival, are being reduced in stages under their bilateral economic partnership agreement, which went into force in January 2015. The European Union is also trying to conclude an EPA with Japan at an early date.
   Seng said what USMEF wants is an "expeditious involvement" by the Japanese and U.S. governments in trade talks. Given the current situations in Japan and Australia, "we are at a disadvantage," he said.

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