Trade Pact Gasp
Richard Smith DTN Tokyo Correspondent
Thu Jul 10, 2014 09:34 AM CDT

TOKYO (DTN) -- While discussing the difficulty of completing the agricultural trade portions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership at a press conference this week, Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japan minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, compared the effort to climbing a mountain.

Saying that current trade negotiations had made it up 80% of the climb, Hayashi added, "But when we get to the altitude of 80%, the oxygen becomes rarefied, and the remaining climb to the summit will be even more challenging, and that is where we are today."

Speaking about the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cabinet's agricultural reform proposal before reporters ...

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