TOKYO — The United States and Japan have reached the broad framework of a trade agreement, with Washington maintaining tariffs on Japanese autos but Tokyo cutting tariffs on U.S. beef and pork, Japan's Nikkei business daily said on Saturday. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi reached the deal on Friday in Washington, and it will be announced at a meeting of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expected on Sunday on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, the newspaper said. The Nikkei did not cite any sources for its information. The report comes shortly after Motegi told reporters in Washington that he and Lighthizer had made "big progress" in their talks.
US President Donald Trump is scheduled to spend a full day with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday, ahead of their summit on Monday.
Trump arrived at a Tokyo airport on Saturday for his four-day visit to Japan. He is Japan's first state guest in the new Reiwa era. His previous visit to Japan as president was in November 2017.
Japan will call on China to strengthen measures to protect intellectual property rights as the two countries hold a high-level economic dialogue in Beijing on Sunday.
Six Japanese cabinet ministers will attend the talks, including Foreign Minister Taro Kono, Economy and Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko, and Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii.