What Happened: U.S. President Donald Trump has reportedly agreed to delay a final trade deal with Japan until after the country has held its upper house elections in July, Time magazine reported May 1.
Why It Matters: Delaying trade talks will likely provide a boost for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in upcoming elections, as it would put some disagreements within the Japanese government on hold.
Background: Abe agreed to set up a framework for trade talks with the United States in late 2018, and discussions between both sides officially began in April.
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