May 17, 2019 / 12:15 AM / 4 months ago

Japan says G20 finance leaders won't mention protectionism in communique - newspaper

FILE PHOTO: (L to R) Japanese Vice Finance Minister Masatsugu Asakawa, Finance Minister Taro Aso, and Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda take questions from reporters at the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group in Washington October 7, 2016. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s top currency diplomat Masatsugu Asakawa said Group of 20 finance leaders likely will not include language in their communique saying that members will fight protectionism, the Sankei newspaper reported on Friday.

Japan, as chair of this year’s G20 meetings, will also not intervene to seek a solution to intensifying U.S.-China trade tensions because the matter is beyond the realm of the finance ministers, the paper quoted Asakawa was quoted as saying.

Asakawa will be among delegates accompanying Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, who will chair the G20 finance leaders’ meeting in Fukuoka, southern Japan, on June 8-9.

Reporting by Leika Kihara; Editing by Kim Coghill

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