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Japan, U.S. in final bout over rice import quota, autos in TPP talks

(Nikkei: July 28, 2015 – p. 3)    By Ryohei Yasoshima in Lahaina, Hawaii    The Japanese and U.S. governments will aim at settling the tough issues of rice and autos through bilateral ministerial talks on the sidelines of the 12-nation TPP negotiations. Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy and Economic Revitalization Akira Amari and USTR Michael Froman will meet….Read more

  • 2015-07-28 15:00:00
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Japan, U.S. making concessions over rice import for TPP deal

(Yomiuri: July 23, 2015 – p. 9)    Japan and the U.S. are nearing the end in their bilateral talks over rice, which are part of negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. With the 12-country trade pact expected to be finalized at a ministerial meeting later this month, it appears that the two countries have made concessions to address….Read more

  • 2015-07-23 15:00:00
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LDP agriculture lobbyists seeking to secure budgets to protect farmers from TPP

(Nikkei: July 20, 2015 – p. 2)    Liberal Democratic Party members are seeking to secure budgets to strengthen domestic agriculture, as they shift their focus to political developments after talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact are finalized. Among them, agriculture lobbyist politicians are particularly active, demanding the government allocate at least 1 trillion yen over multiple years. They….Read more

  • 2015-07-21 15:00:00
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Japan proposes concession plan to increase rice imports to up to 70,000 tons

(Sankei: July 11, 2015 – p. 1)    Japan is considering a concession plan to set a new tariff-free import quota for U.S. rice for general consumption and increase its annual import volume to up to around 70,000 tons, sources said on July 10.    Japan appears to have presented this proposal during its bilateral working-level talks with the U.S.,….Read more

  • 2015-07-13 15:00:00
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Infographic on Japan’s rice imports

(Yomiuri: July 11, 2015—p. 9)    

  • 2015-07-13 15:00:00
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Japan, U.S. finalizing agreement on beef, pork tariffs

(Asahi: July 10, 2015 – p. 7)    By Kenji Oyamada, senior writer    Tariffs on imported U.S. beef and pork are expected to be reduced or abolished in the Japan-U.S. talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).    The two countries have reached agreements on tariffs on beef and pork in their negotiations so far. They are now finalizing the….Read more

  • 2015-07-10 15:00:00
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Japan, U.S. to discuss farm products besides rice during working-level consultations

(Nikkei: July 9, 2015 – p. 5)    On July 9 Japan and the U.S. will resume working-level consultations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact to iron out differences in outstanding issues ahead of a 12-country ministerial meeting scheduled later this month.    Much of discussion will be centered on rice and automobiles. But Tokyo and Washington will also….Read more

  • 2015-07-09 15:00:00
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Infographic on retail sales of rice

(Nikkei: July 9, 2015—p. 21)    

  • 2015-07-09 15:00:00
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Gov’t mulls purchasing domestic rice as stockpile in conjunction with TPP deal

(Asahi: July 9, 2015 – p. 1)    The government is considering a plan to purchase domestic rice equivalent to the import quotas for rice that it may award the U.S. and Australia under the ongoing negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.    The aim is to prevent a fall in prices of domestic rice. The purchased rice will….Read more

  • 2015-07-09 15:00:00
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Infographic on Japan’s beef & pork imports

(Asahi: July 8, 2015—p. 9)    

  • 2015-07-08 15:00:00
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