Japan says trade talks with US under new framework won't start until June
Updated : April 24, 2018 12:45 PM IST
In a summit last week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump agreed to set up a new framework focusing on bilateral trade led by Motegi and Lighthizer.
Japan's Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday that bilateral talks on trade under a new framework led by him and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer won't begin until mid-June at the earliest.
The move could put Japan under direct US pressure to enter talks for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).