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U.S., Japan to move rapidly on trade deal: Hagerty

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By Leika Kihara

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The President is a "man of action"? The only "action" the President knows is bullying everyone. None of these people have a clue about how to do something about US competitiveness. And remember, there are very successful US companies operating here in Japan. They have done their homework and know how to compete. Don't ruin everything for them.

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PS It also looks like he has mastered Trump's finger movements.

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As much as I am not a fan of Trump, Hagerty is a pretty savy guy and has relevant experience.

Will be interested in to see what comes of this.

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"Japan is wary of entering such talks..."

Of course they are. They know full well they can't keep all their protectionist measures in place.

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Abe is selling us out again.

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Excellent

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Japan is too scared to do anything. Just leave it to Americans to do the right things.

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"Of course they are. They know full well they can't keep all their protectionist measures in place."

... and America doesn't engage in protectionism? In the last 10 years America has bailed out:

1) Its banks

2) Its investment banks.

3) Its insurance companies

4) It auto companies. Moreover

The US federal government spends more than $20 billion a year on subsidies for farm businesses. About 39 percent of the nation's 2.1 million farms receive subsidies, with the lion's share of the handouts going to the largest producers of corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and rice.

American governments spend $38 billion each year to subsidize meat and dairy,

and......

US lead the way on protectionism in 2017

No less than 467 protectionist measures were implemented worldwide in 2017, with the US responsible for 90 of them.

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The only things moving rapidly in Japan are obasans trying to get a seat on the train and shinkansens.No way will these talks open up Japan's closed doors that quickly. You can't really bum rush Japan on this issue.

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Anything good quality from USA cheaper will be no problem, but Abe with TPP trades of tax-exemptions with all TPP members and FTA with America of "Trumpland first" of high taxes to be exported there? Give me a break, I'm living in Japan, not in USA!!

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What is Abe waiting for ? Just sign the deal and move on.

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In my humble view Japan has every reason to be cautious. Trump's approach on all his policies is to jam it through as fast as possible, talk a big game...just don't look at the details. A high risk that Trump wants to push through a "bilateral" deal that has more unilateral benefit for the US.

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Before Pearl Harbor, US stopped food supply to Japan.  (But during the war, US secretly sold food to Japan thru another country to extend the war)

US is unreliable country for food.

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I believed in Abe thinking that he would be a prime minister Pro Japan but he is a huge globalist pushing mass immigration. Japan is screwed !

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American agricultural products is pure poison !

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Japan needs the cover of other countries to protect their agricultural industry from open competition.

The US federal government spends more than $20 billion a year on subsidies for farm businesses. 

Japan’s agriculture is also heavily subsidized.

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Japan should just sit tight and wait for 2 and half year; Mr T will be gone.

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Japan has many hidden trade barriers that must be removed. These hidden trade barriers are more detrimental to free trade than the taxes themselves.

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Japan should just sit tight and wait for 2 and half year; Mr T will be gone.

Such confidence. Do we remember what happened last time?

My advice - Joe Biden. Best hope you have.

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You are talking to the ambassador

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Japan has many hidden trade barriers that must be removed. These hidden trade barriers are more detrimental to free trade than the taxes themselves.

Such as?

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