On September 25, 2019, President Donald Trump and the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, agreed in principle on a limited bilateral trade deal between their respective countries, which was memorialized by the signing of two separate trade agreements on October 7, 2019, namely the US-Japan Trade Agreement and the US-Japan Digital Trade Agreement. These trade agreements mark what the White House is calling the "first stage" of the US-Japan agreement on tariff cuts and commitments on digital trade amounting to roughly $55 billion and are expected to take effect on January 1, 2020, with negotiations on a more comprehensive trade deal to follow thereafter. This Legal Update discusses both agreements, along with their entry into force. 
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