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Japan says trade talks with U.S. to resume on Monday, gaps remain

By Krista Hughes and Kaori Kaneko WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Talks between the United States and Japan seen as vital to a broader regional trade pact had narrowed to a few critical areas and will resume again on Monday, officials of both countries said on Friday, as negotiators struggle to bridge gaps ahead of a summit between the countries' leaders.

Japan, U.S. trade ministers resume talks to bridge tariff gaps

Japan and the United States resumed their ministerial talks Wednesday trying to make progress in protracted negotiations over tariffs exceptions to a Pacific free trade pact. The ministerial meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative was a follow-up session to the previous round in Tokyo last week in last-minute efforts to make headway prior to President Barack Obama's arrival in Japan on April 23.

Japan, U.S. trade ministers resume talks to bridge tariff gaps

Japan and the United States resumed their ministerial talks Wednesday trying to make progress in protracted negotiations over tariffs exceptions to a Pacific free trade pact. The ministerial meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative was a follow-up session to the previous round in Tokyo last week in last-minute efforts to make headway prior to President Barack Obama's arrival in Japan on April 23.

Japan, U.S. trade chiefs to resume TPP talks as Obama visit looms

With U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo approaching, Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs are set to face off again in Washington, possibly on Wednesday, as they strive to break a deadlock in talks on a massive free trade zone in the Pacific region.

Japan, U.S. confirm plan to relocate Osprey training out of Okinawa

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Gen. James Amos, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, confirmed a plan on Tuesday to relocate training involving the Marines' MV-22 Osprey aircraft from Okinawa Prefecture to other parts of the country, Japanese officials said. During a meeting in Tokyo, Onodera called for the Marines' cooperation in advancing the planned training relocation, which is aimed at alleviating the base-hosting burden on the people of Okinawa. Amos replied that the Marines are willing to assist, the officials said.

Gov't seeks approval to use port in Nago in transfer process

The Defense Ministry is seeking approval from Nago city, the planned relocation site for a controversial U.S. base in Okinawa Prefecture, to use a local port to store building materials, as Japan aims to push along the long-stalled transfer, officials said Monday. The local bureau in Okinawa of the Defense Ministry filed a total of six requests with Nago city on Friday despite staunch local opposition to the transfer of the U.S. Marines' Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, the officials said. It gave the city until May 12 to reply.

U.S. commander says no to leaving Okinawa base without new facility

The top commander of U.S. military forces stationed in Japan's Okinawa on Thursday ruled out the Marine Corps leaving a controversial air base before a relocation facility is ready. "The answer is no," Lt. Gen. John Wissler told an event in Washington, when asked whether the Marines could suspend use of the Futenma Air Station and move to an existing base elsewhere before a relocation facility is complete in the island prefecture.

Japan, U.S. make progress in trade talks; key gaps remain

By Antoni Slodkowski TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese and U.S. trade officials made progress on Wednesday in negotiations meant to spur a broad Pacific trade pact and prepare for a visit by President Barack Obama, but they remain apart on some major issues, both sides said. "We made some progress, but we still have gaps between us," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters after 11 hours of negotiations with Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari. Froman said he looked forward to more talks on Thursday.

Nago mayor to visit U.S., speak against relocating base to his city

The mayor of Nago in Okinawa Prefecture said Wednesday he will visit the United States in May to state his opposition to a Japan-U.S. agreement to relocate a U.S. military base to the Henoko district of his city. Susumu Inamine also criticized the Japanese government for pressing ahead with the relocation plan even after he won re-election as Nago mayor in January after campaigning against the base. "Going ahead against the willingness of residents runs counter to democracy," he said at a press conference.

Japan, fresh from Australia pact, says U.S. trade talks 'difficult'

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan, fresh from clinching a basic trade deal with Australia after years of negotiations, said it hoped for a similar result with the United States and for a regional pact, but cautioned that talks were "difficult." Japan and the United States are pushing for a two-way trade deal, a crucial part of a broad U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Japan later this month, with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman arriving for talks with Economy Minister Akira Amari.
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