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Japan, U.S. make progress on second day of TPP ministerial talks; issues remain

(Yomiuri: July 31, 2015 – p. 11)    By Yuya Yokobori, Kunihiko Yasue in Hawaii    The TPP ministerial meeting held its second day of discussions on July 29 (July 30 in Japan). The plenary session participated in by all 12 nations focused on the main sticking point, intellectual property. Bilateral talks on tariff and other issues also took place….Read more

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Infographic on Japan’s foreign investment

(Nikkei: July 31, 2015—p. 3)    

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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

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Japan makes record beef exports in first half of 2015; TPP deal to give further boost

(Nikkei: July 31, 2015 – p. 23)    Japan’s beef exports are growing. Japan exported a record 670 tons (of major cuts) in the January-June period in 2015, the largest amount ever for the first half of the year. Foreign food service industries now find Japanese beef to be less expensive thanks to the depreciation of the yen. If the….Read more

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LDP policy chief says compilation of extra budget to be considered

(Tokyo Shimbun: July 31, 2015 – p. 7)    Liberal Democratic Party Policy Research Council Chairperson Tomomi Inada indicated at a press conference on July 30 that the LDP will look into measures, including the compilation of a supplementary budget for fiscal 2015, for domestic industries such as agriculture that will suffer adverse effects if the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade….Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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