In uncertain climate, group tries to encourage U.S.-Japan trade

Takeharu Nakashima came to America this week hoping to do business. He brought a team of people to a Santa Clara hotel Monday to show off a medical device that tracks blood flow. It’s already sold in Japan; soon, too, he hopes, it will be offered in the U.S.

But last week’s election results have created a cloud of uncertainty for cross-Pacific commerce, including the demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement that would have knitted the U.S., Japan, and other countries in Asia and Latin America into a tighter web of trade. President-elect Donald Trump said he might renegotiate existing trade agreements, too.

That left Silicon Valley executives with few answers for their counterparts abroad at the annual conference of the U.S.-Japan Council, a nonprofit that works to foster business ties between Japanese and American companies.

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