Japan, U.S. in for tough bilateral trade talks over rice, autos

April 20, 2015 12:28 PM

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Japan, U.S. in for tough bilateral trade talks over rice, autos

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States continued the second of two days of tough trade talks on Monday that could pave the way for a broader trans-Pacific agreement, although Tokyo shrugged off expectations of a bilateral deal in time for a summit next week.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking on an evening news program in Tokyo, said negotiators were engaged in "intense" talks but that the discussion had narrowed to a few, lingering items.

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