Japan, U.S. report progress on trade talks, though Tokyo stands tough on rice

April 20, 2015 1:14 AM

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States reported progress in top-level trade talks on Sunday that could pave the way for a broader trans-Pacific trade deal, although Tokyo cautioned that a bilateral accord was unlikely in time for a summit next week.

Japan's Economy Minister Akira Amari and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman both said they had made good progress in the first of two days of cabinet-level discussions.

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