In December 2018, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the final Summary of Specific Negotiating Objectives for the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement (USJTA) Negotiations.
During 2019, officials from the U.S. and Japan met multiple times to negotiate, culminating with in a partial agreement announced on September 25, 2019, which is about one year after USTR initially notified the Congress the administration was going to engage in trade talks.
October 7, 2019 – USTR Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and Ambassador of Japan to the United States Shinsuke J. Sugiyama signed the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement, which will eliminate or reduce tariffs on certain agricultural and certain industrial products to enhance bilateral trade.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
This deal was the first of a two-step trade negotiation.
Automobiles and vehicle parts were not part of this first agreement.
USTR indicated that future negotiations are planned for some time in the first half of 2020 to negotiate a “final, comprehensive trade deal”
December 4, 2019 – Japan's parliament approved the deal with the United States
January 1, 2020 – Agreement enters into force