Japan and U.S. hold 'frank and good' trade talks: economy minister

Reuters | April 16, 2019

Japan and U.S. hold 'frank and good' trade talks: economy minister
Japan’s economy minister said he had “frank and good” trade talks with his U.S. counterpart on Monday, but stressed that currency rates should be discussed in a different context, between finance ministers. The meeting comes after U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed last September to start trade talks in an arrangement that protects Japanese automakers from further tariffs while talks are underway. Trump has made clear he is unhappy with Japan’s $68 billion trade surplus with the United States - much of it from auto exports - and wants a two-way agreement to address it. Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters that most of the three-hour meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was centered on goods.

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The control point database created and maintained at the Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO) is a valuable resource. As the database continues to grow, and the ground control points contained in it are used to determine the horizontal accuracy of all current and future aerial imagery programs contracted by APFO, many considerations are involved in making sure the database is sound both theoretically and structurally. The control point database is maintained and updated on a regular basis. New points are added, and obsolete or inferior points are deleted from the database to maintain its integrity. To further enhance the value and overall integrity of the database, it was proposed that a study be conducted to determine if the earth’s horizontal ground movement has a significant effect on the control points in the database.

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