I welcome the agreement reached at the recent Japan-US summit to begin talks on free, fair, and reciprocal trade arrangements. Accord between the leaders of Japan and the US on working toward rule-based, free, and open economic growth in the Indo-Pacific region represents significant progress.

Although the views of our two countries diverge somewhat, with Japan advocating the Trans-Pacific Partnership while the US prioritizes bilateral negotiations, I expect to see further progress in discussions between Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Rule-making is crucial.

Source: Keidanren