President Trump said at the start of his four-day visit to Japan that Tokyo had a "significant" trade advantage over the US – and hoped that a future trade agreement would balance the situation.
Businessmen at the residence of the US ambassador welcomed the US-Japanese relationship. He said that countries "work together to promote mutually beneficial investment" and work on a bilateral trade agreement.
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"I would say that Japan has had a significant head start for many, many years, but that's fine," he said. "Maybe that's why you like me so much.
"But we'll make it a bit fairer," he added, "I think we'll do that."
Trump is reorienting trade relations, especially with China and the European Union He has threatened Japan with tariffs on automobiles and car parts if Japan does not give in to the US in talks.
In his speech, he hopes the deal will remove the imbalance by removing barriers to US exports and ensure that "fairness and reciprocity" in relations between the US and Japan. However, he was optimistic about the negotiations and said, "We are getting closer."
"Just last week, US beef exports received full access to Japan and Japan's markets in 2000 for the first time since the year," he said. "We welcome your support for this effort and hope to have several more soon and some very big announcements in the coming months."
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As part of this thrust "There has never been a better time to invest and do business in the United States," he told executives.
"Last year, for the first time in a decade, the United States was ranked the world's most competitive economy." "He said, before he struck a blow at the Federal Reserve." This year, our economy has grown at three percent, and if the Fed had not openly raised interest rates, it would have been much higher than 3 percent. "[Hecontinuedhisgovernment'seffortstoreducebureaucracyandreaffirmthestrengthofUSlabormarketsashesoughttoselltheUStopotentialinvestors"HenevertoldtheaudiencethattherelationshipbetweentheUSandJapanwas"
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I believe you will achieve a tremendous return on your investment in the United States. "
Trump becomes The first head of state to meet Emperor Naruhito on Monday, during which he will play golf and participate in a sumo wrestling championship match.
Also on the table is North Korea National Security Advisor John Bolton said Trump will talk to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "if the integrity of Security Council resolutions is upheld".
The Associated Press contributed to this report.