UPDATE 1-U.S., Japan push back trade talks to Tuesday
Japan and the United States will begin the second round of trade talks in New York on Tuesday, Japan's top government spokesman said, amid concerns in Tokyo that Japan will face greater pressure to reduce its large trade surplus.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi had been scheduled to meet on Monday evening, ahead of a Wednesday summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of a U.N. General Assembly meeting.
Lighthizer and Motegi met in August but failed to narrow differences on whether to open up negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement.
Japan is hoping to avert any import curbs and potentially steeper U.S. import tariffs on its cars, and fend off U.S. demands for a free trade agreement.
Japanese media have said Tokyo is considering an agreement that would lower tariffs on U.S. agriculture imports in exchange for avoiding higher tariffs on Japanese autos.