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Japan wary of US push for fewer curbs on beef, auto shipments, sources say

Japan’s administration has expressed reluctance to meet U.S. demands for fewer restrictions on shipments of beef and piles into the Asian nation during preparations for an economic dialogue between the two nations, sources said.

Japanese government officials made their situation known during meetings with U.S. counterparts in Tokyo on Jan. 25 and 26, authors with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Bureaucrats from both sides met to make for the third round of an economic dialogue that is expected to be held in Japan quondam in the first half of this year.

Japan has already prepared detailed changes to its restrictions on U.S. beef imports to make it easier for shipments to respond to, but no agreement was reached at the second round of talks in October last year in Washington.

U.S. bona fides also pushed for less stringent safety standards and inspections on American cars shipped to Japan, the originators said.

In the first round of talks in Tokyo last year in April, U.S. Infirmity President Mike Pence said the dialogue could lead to talks for a bilateral trade pact, but Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and other Japanese ceremonials are opposed to a two-way deal.

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