(Sankei: July 30, 2015 – p. 1)
By Makoto Honda in Lahaina, Hawaii
It was learned that Japan is coordinating to apply the level of tariff on beef and pork that it agrees with the U.S. to Australia, Canada, and other nations in the TPP negotiations. It is reckoned that uniform competition conditions for all countries in the Japanese market will make it easier to reach agreement in the tariff talks. Japan is aiming at reaching an agreement during the TPP ministerial meeting that opened in Maui, Hawaii on July 28 (July 29 in Japan).
The government is also planning to introduce safeguards, which will allow the imposition of emergency import controls if the overall import volume from the TPP nations exceeds a certain level, in order to soften the impact of increased imports on Japanese livestock farmers. (Abridged)