March 30, 2018 / 1:30 AM / 4 months ago

Japan finance minister Aso says must avoid bilateral FTA with U.S.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday that Japan must avoid entering a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States to rectify trade imbalances.

FILE PHOTO - Japan's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso speaks to reporters in Tokyo, Japan March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo

Japan supports the postwar global trend of promoting multilateral trade frameworks, and the recent signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal was a significant development even without the participation of the United States, Aso told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chris Gallagher

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