Japanese Kyodo news agency reported that Trump is urging Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to increase purchase of US agricultural products, worthing several hundred millions USD including transport costs.

The request came as US and Japan are crafting out a broad trade agreement, reportedly by September. Also, it came as China halted its own purchase of US farm goods as trade tensions escalated recently.

Kyodo also said that Trump has specifically asked Japan to by products such as soybeans and wheat. Yet, he preferred such purchases to be outside of the framework of the current trade talks. Japan government is said to be considering its own responses. And one proposal was to by such farm products as food support for Africa.

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