US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of a meeting in Tokyo. Photo: AP

Japan struggles to elude Trump’s auto tariff threat in final US trade agreement

  • Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump announced a preliminary trade deal in August, with Japan cutting tariffs on US agricultural products
  • But Trump has left the door open to higher duties on Japanese vehicles in a final agreement due later this month
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US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of a meeting in Tokyo. Photo: AP
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with US President Donald Trump in Biarritz. Photo: AFP

Japan insists it did not give up too much in US trade deal but experts say Washington is bigger winner

  • US and Japan agreed in principle on a trade deal under which Tokyo would slash tariffs on American beef, pork and other agricultural products
  • Some officials in Tokyo have said the country should not give up its leverage over US farmers without substantial concessions
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with US President Donald Trump in Biarritz. Photo: AFP
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