Japan, US agree to talks on steel, aluminum levies

Japan and the United States have agreed to start talks to resolve the issue of additional US tariffs on steel and aluminum products.

Japanese Trade and Industry Minister Hagiuda Koichi met with US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo in Tokyo on Monday. They agreed to tackle the tariffs introduced in 2018 by the administration of Donald Trump.

Extra levies of 25 percent were imposed on steel and 10 percent on aluminum from Japan and several other countries.

The Trump administration said overproduction by China was a threat to national security. Japan has not imposed retaliatory tariffs against the US.