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Senior USDA official stresses need for bilateral FTA

  • June 17, 2018
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Sunday morning’s Yomiuri reported that visiting U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney stressed during an interview with Japanese media outlets in Tokyo that the U.S. and Japan need to conclude a bilateral trade deal. “From our point of view, an FTA is necessary,” he was quoted as saying. “Both sides can incorporate their strengths and weaknesses and create a better trade balance.” According to the paper, McKinney pointed out that if the TPP comes into effect, “there is a certain risk for some U.S. products because the situation would change depending on the tariff situation.” In addition, he reportedly said: “We want to pursue a free, fair, and reciprocal relationship with Japan.” The paper added that he expressed the intention to ask Japan to further open up its market through bilateral negotiations.

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