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In an interview with Reuters late-Tuesday, the US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue noted that the US is likely to push for a quick trade deal with Japan to gain the same access to agricultural markets as some other Japanese trade partners.

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A narrow deal could be expanded later into a more comprehensive trade agreement.

“We want a quick resolution of our agricultural request here … maybe temporarily that could then be fleshed out over longer period.”

“…one that seals down the agricultural issues that we are concerned about. I think we can get that done quickly.”

The US farmers should get the same access to Japanese markets as countries that have signed up to the Pacific trade deal.