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Security bills hindering processing of other important legislation

(Sankei: July 31, 2015 – p. 5)    As the House of Councillors begins deliberation on the security bills, there are a number of important bills that have been submitted whose passage in the current Diet session is becoming difficult. The government and the ruling parties have already given up on amendments to the Labor Standards Law to introduce a….Read more

  • 2015-07-31 15:00:00
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Japan to allow 70,000 tons, guarantee 50,000 tons of tariff-free U.S. rice imports

(Yomiuri: July 30, 2015 – Top play)    The government has begun coordination on a 70,000-ton “special TPP quota” for imports of rice for use as staple food from the U.S., as well as guaranteeing the import of at least 50,000 tons – with the remaining 20,000 tons to be left to private sector transactions — in the TPP negotiations.….Read more

  • 2015-07-30 15:00:00
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Agreed tariff on U.S. beef, pork to apply to all TPP partners

(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….Read more

  • 2015-07-30 15:00:00
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Japan, U.S. at odds on beef, pork import safeguards under TPP

(Sankei: July 30, 2015 – p. 3)    By Makoto Honda in Lahaina, Hawaii    The TPP ministerial meeting opened on July 28 (July 29 in Japan). Japan is finalizing its tariff talks with the other TPP participants. Its plan to set a uniform tariff for beef and pork imports will result in a major tariff reduction for most imported….Read more

  • 2015-07-30 15:00:00
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Minister Amari comments on first day of TPP ministerial meeting

(Asahi: July 30, 2015 – p. 7)    By Shigeo Ohata, Daisuke Igarashi in Maui, Hawaii    The ministerial meeting of the 12 nations participating in the TPP talks started in Maui, Hawaii on the afternoon of July 28 (afternoon of July 29, Japan time).    TPP Minister Akira Amari told reporters after the meeting: “We shared the common goal….Read more

  • 2015-07-30 15:00:00
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Japanese women breathe new life into agribusiness

Agriculture is often said to be an endangered industry in Japan because the nation’s farming population has declined by 1 million from 3.3 million in 2005 to 2.3 million in 2013, and the average age of farmers in Japan is 66. However, women, who make up half of the total agricultural workforce in Japan, are beginning to play a greater….Read more

  • July 29, 2015
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TPP members working for early agreement to avoid impact of U.S. presidential election

(Yomiuri: July 29, 2015 – p. 9)    By Kunihiko Yasue, Kyoko Yamaguchi in Hawaii    The 12 TPP member states will work for reaching a basic agreement at their ministerial meeting starting on July 28 (July 29, Japan time). They are rushing to reach an agreement because the U.S. political situation will become unpredictable if this is delayed, making….Read more

  • 2015-07-29 15:00:00
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Amari says “significant progress” made in TPP talks

(Asahi: July 29, 2015 – p. 5)    By Hitoshi Kujiraoka in Maui Island (Hawaii)    Regarding the TPP talks by chief negotiators that ended on July 27, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Minister Akira Amari said to reporters: “They seemed to be conducting very tough negotiations. As a result, I got the impression that significant progress was made.” Although he refrained….Read more

  • 2015-07-29 15:00:00
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Gov’t, ruling coalition alarmed by media polls

(Nikkei: July 28, 2015 – p. 4)    The Abe cabinet’s public disapproval rating has now topped its approval rating in all of the latest public opinion surveys conducted by newspapers. This is apparently attributable in part to confusion resulting from the House of Representatives’ July 16 passage of the government’s proposed security-related bills. There is a growing sense of….Read more

  • 2015-07-28 15:00:00
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Governor Onaga to request 300 billion yen for Okinawa budget

(Sankei: July 28, 2015 – p.5)    Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has decided to request from the government and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) headquarters as much as 300 billion yen for Okinawa’s development and promotion for FY 2016, the same amount the prefecture received for FY 2015, during a visit to Tokyo from August 5 to 7, a source….Read more

  • 2015-07-28 15:00:00
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