An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Apr 7, 2014 06:12 AM CDT

"It's time for Japan to step up to the plate," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the other day. He was reporting to Congress on the progress -- or, rather, lack of progress -- in the talks to set up a Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim nations.

The roadblock is Japan. The TPP deal is supposed to be "ambitious," with every country putting every sector up for negotiation. Japan wants to exclude rice, beef, pork, wheat, dairy and sugar, continuing to protect hundreds of food and agriculture products. Japan is also at odds with the U.S. ...

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