Posted: Aug 19, 2013 2:52 AM
Updated: Aug 19, 2013 2:52 AM
TOKYO (AP) U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is urging Japan to get serious about negotiating over letting more American cars and insurance companies into its market.
Froman told reporters Monday the ongoing bilateral talks with Japan dealing with such historical sticking points are tied with the success of the larger and parallel trans-Pacific free trade negotiations.
"There are longstanding issues," he said at the Japan National Press Club.
Japan joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations involving 12 countries on July 23, aimed at achieving regional free trade.
Froman acknowledged every nation had "sensitivities," but stressed TPP talks were tied with the success of the bilateral dialogue, which deal with non-tariff problems such as autos and insurance.
Froman is in Asia for TPP talks and meetings with his Southeast Asian counterparts.