Category Archives: Trade Talks

Ruling party urges government to avoid further market liberalization for farm products in trade talks with the United States

TOKYO, April 13 – As Japan and the United States are set to launch talks on a trade pact in Washington on April 15, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party held a meeting on trade negotiations on April 12 and adopted a resolution calling on the government to avoid reaching an agreement that is beneficial only to the U.S. The party asked Toshimitsu Motegi, minister in charge of the trade talks, the same day not to agree on reducing tariffs on agricultural products beyond levels agreed under the initial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks before the U.S.’ withdrawal. The LDP’s resolution was aimed at urging the government not to make … Continue reading

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Agriculture should be taught in primary school: JA group chef

OSAKA, Feb. 16 ― Agriculture should be taught in primary school, Japan’s most powerful farm group chef has said. Toru Nakaya, chairman of the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA-ZENCHU), spoke in Osaka on Feb. 15 with Masaru Sato, a former Japanese diplomat and now noted commentator, over the future state of agriculture. “Even teachers in school nowadays have no clue about agriculture, no understanding,” Nakaya said. “They consider farm products as same as industrial goods. “I think that agriculture should be an essential subject at school,” he added. Nakaya emphasized that school going children can visit local farms to learn and appreciate where their food comes from. Sato agrees … Continue reading

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Without US, TPP beef exporters enjoy trade deal boost in Japan

TOKYO, Feb. 8 ― Japan’s beef imports soared 60 percent in January, one month after the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the U.S., known as TPP-11, began, illustrating meat exporters enjoy the landmark trade deal in the Japanese market. According to the finance ministry, beef imports amounted to 32,885 metric tons in January, compared with 11,733 metric tons in the same month a year earlier. A sharp increase came from Canada and New Zealand. The January figure was up 55 percent from 21, 152 metric tons in the previous month, just before the TPP-11 came into effect on Dec. 30, 2018. Under the TPP-11, one immediate effect was to slash Japanese … Continue reading

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Japan’s beef imports surge since TPP-11 takes effect: minister

TOKYO, Jan. 26 ― Japan’s beef imports have surged since the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the U.S., known as TPP-11, went into effect on Dec. 3o, 2018, traders say, illustrating meat exporters enjoy the new mega trade deal in the Japanese market. Since official data are not yet available, “we don’t know how much the TPP has an impact on a jump in beef imports, but we are keeping an eye on it very closely,” said Agriculture Minister Takamori Yoshikawa at a Jan. 25 press conference. Under the TPP, the Japanese tariffs on beef will fall to 9 percent, a shift that is expected that Japanese consumers may turn to … Continue reading

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Abe cabinet approves completion of Japan-EU FTA ratification

TOKYO, Dec. 22 ― The trade agreement between Japan and the EU is set to enter into force in February 2019, after being approved by both parliaments this month. Japan’s cabinet on Dec. 21 approved the completion of the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) ratification procedure, after the Japanese parliament had voted in favor of the mega free trade deal earlier this month. With the European Parliament and the EU council have also ratified the deal, it will come into force on Feb. 1, 2019. The new EPA will eliminate 82 percent of tariffs on EU’s agricultural exports to Japan. It will also give EU food exporters greater access to … Continue reading

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