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Aso plans to meet Pence in Sept. over Japan-U.S. economic issues

Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso plans to visit the United
States early next month for economic talks with Vice President Mike
Pence, sources close to the matter said Friday.

Aso, who doubles as finance minister, is expected to meet
informally with Pence around Sept. 5 to discuss trade issues between
the two countries ahead of the second round of their high-level
economic dialogue possibly in October, the sources said.

The administration of President Donald Trump has expressed
intention to address the trade imbalance with Japan, while Tokyo has
recently announced emergency tariffs to reduce frozen beef imports
from the United States and other regions.

Aso and Pence met in Tokyo in April when they kicked off the
economic dialogue, agreeing it will focus on trade and investment
rules among other issues. (Aug. 18)