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Japan Drafts a Delicate Approach to U.S. Trade Talks

Feb 11, 2019 | 12:00 GMT
Cranes unload containers from ships at the international container yard in Tokyo's port on Jan. 23, 2019.

Cranes unload containers from ships at the international container yard in Tokyo's port on Jan. 23, 2019. Japan would rather having trade talks at all with the United States, but barring that, it will do anything in its power to ensure Washington doesn't impose tariffs on its car industry.

(TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

As U.S.-Japan trade negotiations come into view, Tokyo's imperative is clear: avoid auto tariffs. But that doesn't mean the powerhouse will be a pushover on other bones of contention....

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