Trade and security 'separate issues' for US and Japan

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has said that Japan and the US know not to conflate trade and security, which are regarded as separate issues.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has said that Japan and the US know not to conflate trade and security, which are regarded as separate issues. PHOTO: INTERTELEMEDIA TOKYO

TOKYO • Trade and security are separate issues that longstanding allies Japan and the United States know not to conflate, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has said.

"These are two different issues and I don't think anybody is mixing them up - be it in Tokyo or in Washington DC," he told The Straits Times yesterday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2018, with the headline 'Trade and security 'separate issues' for US and Japan'. Print Edition | Subscribe