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【News】 Japan’s Agricultural Minister currently expecting no talks on farm trade issues at coming Japan-U.S. Economic Dialogue (March 18, 2017)

Yuji Yamamoto, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, told the press about his prospect for the coming Japan-U.S. Economic Dialogue after the Cabinet meeting held on March 17, saying “My interpretation is that issues of agriculture, forestry and fisheries will not be put on a table from a beginning of the bilateral dialogue.” Agricultural Minister Yamamoto clarified his understanding that agriculture has not been currently included in the agenda of the economic dialogue, although some officials of the U.S. administration are increasingly demanding Japan to further liberalize its farm market. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit Japan this April to kick off the Japan-U.S. economic dialogue … Continue reading

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【News】 Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga expects coming Japan-U.S. economic dialogue to build up “win-win relationships” (March 16, 2017)

At the press conference held on March 15, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga touched upon the Japan-U.S. economic dialogue that is to start this April between Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, saying “We are most interested in constructive talks with U.S. administration so that both of the two countries can have mutual benefits by developing “win-win relationships.” The Chief Cabinet Secretary responded to remarks made on March 14 by Robert Lighthizer, the United States Trade Representative-designate nominated by U.S. Trump’s administration, which suggested that the U.S. administration will demand Japan to further liberalize its market of farm products in future … Continue reading

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【News】 Agricultural Minister Yuji Yamamoto emphasizes consistency between Japanese trade policies and WTO rules (March 15, 2017)

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, Yuji Yamamoto, told the press after the Cabinet meeting on March 14 that U.S. government’s latest criticism against Japanese trade policies are hardly acceptable, saying “Agricultural trade practices and farm support policies of Japan are both consistent with the Agreement of the World Trade Organization (WTO).” Agricultural Minister Yuji Yamamoto made the comment responding to a statement presented by a U.S. representative at the latest WTO meeting that accused Japan of maintaining high import tariffs for farm products as well as heavy subsidies for agriculture. At WTO’s review meeting on the trade policies and practices of Japan held on March 9, Geneva, … Continue reading

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【News】 Strong opposition emerging among Diet members of Japan’s ruling party against coming Japan-U.S. economic dialogue (March 11, 2017)

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held a joint meeting of its Research Commission on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Strategy and other major farm caucuses on March 10 to discuss possible agendas for the upcoming “Japan-U.S. economic dialogue.” In a statement submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on March 8, Donald Trump’s U.S. administration urged Japan to liberalize its markets of farm products, accusing Japan of imposing high tariffs on imports of agricultural products as well as maintaining state-controlled farm trade. Responding to this statement, LDP’s Diet members raised oppositions one after another at the joint meeting against any kind of proposals on further opening of domestic farm markets … Continue reading

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【News】 Bidding prices of rice imported under SBS continue to decline, raising concerns over negative impacts on domestic market (March 4, 2017)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) completed a series of imported rice tenders for fiscal 2016 on March 3 under its Simultaneous Buy and Sell system (SBS), which tenders were carried out six times in the year. Last year, the state-controlled SBS auctions attracted press coverages on alleged mispricing of imported rice deals with so-called “adjustment money” paid by trading firms to wholesalers and distributers in Japan. Although payments of “adjustment money” were banned since the second tender in fiscal 2016, major varieties of imported rice have been continuously bided at new low prices in five SBS tenders since the second one. According to MAFF, 44,766 tons of … Continue reading

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