Deadline looming, Japan struggles to elude Trump tariff threat

Reuters | September 10, 2019

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may have averted giving away too much in trade talks with U.S. President Donald Trump but Tokyo is struggling ahead of a late-month deadline to achieve its primary goal: get the unpredictable president to drop threats of punitive auto tariffs. Even after announcing a preliminary deal with Abe on Aug. 25, Trump left open the possibility of slapping higher duties on Japanese vehicles, a mainstay of the world’s third-biggest economy and by far Japan’s biggest export to the United States.

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A Federal Agency telecommunications transition is a critical, complex undertaking that involves significant coordinated effort and expense. A successful transition must have senior executive support, effective collaboration, clear delineation of responsibilities, careful project planning, and a realistic timeline that is accepted by all participants.

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A Federal Agency telecommunications transition is a critical, complex undertaking that involves significant coordinated effort and expense. A successful transition must have senior executive support, effective collaboration, clear delineation of responsibilities, careful project planning, and a realistic timeline that is accepted by all participants.

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