Japan, US confirm they will discuss steel tariffs

Japan and the United States have re-affirmed they will hold talks to resolve the issue of Washington's additional tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Japan.

Japanese Trade Minister Hagiuda Koichi met with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai in Tokyo on Wednesday.

They agreed to deal with the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration in 2018. It set extra levies of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum from Japan and several other countries. The White House said at the time the imported metals were hurting the domestic industries.

The two nations also agreed to set up a new framework for coordinating action against governments that impede fair competition through measures such as excessive subsidies to companies.