U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee, Joint Consultative Statement of the Security Committee, April 19, 2019, on www.mofa.go.jp/files/000470738.pdf; Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, “Sixth Annual Sasakawa USA Security Forum focused on New Security Challenges for the U.S.- Japan Alliance,” April 30, 2019, on spfusa.org/sasakawa-blog/sixth-annual-sasakawa-usa-security-forum-focused-on-new-security-challenges-for-the-u-s-japan-alliance/. Kyodo, “In Sign of Better Times, China Tells Fishers to Steer Clear of Disputed, Japan-held Senkaku Islets,” August 16, 2018, on www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/08/16/national/politics-diplomacy/sign-better-ties-china-tells-fishermen-steer-clear-disputed-japan-held-senkaku-islets/#.W7NgNpNryUn. Although candidate Donald Trump made critical statements about Japan during his election campaign, relations remained at least superficial during several visits and meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two heads of state and government appear to share a similar view on the Indo-Pacific region and reiterate the other`s commitment to keep the region “free and open”. However, bilateral tensions began in 2017 and have intensified, although other aspects of the relationship continue to work well. On North Korea policy, Tokyo has made some concern about the Trump administration`s shift from confrontation to engagement, fearing that Japan`s priorities will be marginalized as the United States clashes with North Korea. Japan is concerned about the U.S. commitment to its security in the face of Trump`s skepticism of U.S. alliances abroad and is concerned that the government will demand drastic increases from Japan in burden-sharing negotiations next year. Controversial trade issues have also resurfaced. In addition, Japan expressed disappointment at the Trump administration`s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris to combat climate change. Within four months of its implementation, President Trump and Prime Minister Abe will relocate their efforts for a broader trade deal.
This broader agreement aims to cover both tariff and non-tariff barriers, including tariffs and restrictions on trade in services and investment. 4. www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/joint-statement-united-states-japan/. The United States and Japan have concluded a trade agreement on market access for certain agricultural and industrial products, with plans to continue negotiations for an expanded free trade agreement. On October 17, 2019, the United States and Japan agreed on market access for certain agricultural and industrial products. Japan`s legislature approved the agreement on December 5, 2019. President 9974`s proclamation was issued on December 26, 2019, with the effective date of January 1, 2020. On 30 December 2019, the Communication of the Federal Register (84 FR 72187) on the implementation of the agreement was published.