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U.S. seeks greater agricultural tariff cuts by Japan than in TPP

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Japan cut agricultural tariffs? It will be a cold day in hell before they change the the price fixing and protectionistic practices of the agricultural industry. Paying farmer not to grow also keeps the unemployment rate down.

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Most a huge percentage of farmers are in their 70s. Many of which get substantial subsidies. And with each FREE TRADE DEAL made they get more money to cushion the blow of being uncompetitive. Such a ridiculous waist of tax payers money. When dismantling JA and freeing up farmers options would achieve so much more in the long run.

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Farmers tarrifs is what keeps Abe in power.

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Headline: "U.S. seeks greater agricultural tariff cuts by Japan than in TPP"

What Purdue actually said: "We would expect certainly equal or better than the TPP deal"

How the article characterises the present situation: "the United States will refrain from imposing tariffs on automobile imports from Japan while negotiations are under way"

The actual situation: Japanese-made cars are currently hit by a 5% tariff on entry to the US. US-made cars face zero tariff on entry to Japan.

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Dance abe, DANCE!!!

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Japan is the loudest voice in the world proclaiming "free trade" and slamming "protectionism." So why doesn't it just scrap its own tariffs, if tariffs are so bad?

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Paying farmer not to grow also keeps the unemployment rate down.

As well as ensuring the inaka keeps voting for LDP dinosaurs each election.

Most a huge percentage of farmers are in their 70s. Many of which get substantial subsidies. And with each FREE TRADE DEAL made they get more money to cushion the blow of being uncompetitive. Such a ridiculous waist of tax payers money

Indeed, but LDP cares not one bit about wasting taxpayer funds when its buying them rural votes. For the politicians paying off farmers is about job security ( theirs of course ) , how else could LDP have ruled Japan practically continuously since WW2? Some democracy.

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Japan is the loudest voice in the world proclaiming "free trade" and slamming "protectionism." So why doesn't it just scrap its own tariffs, if tariffs are so bad?

Because Japan ain't much different to every other country that talks about free trade.

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Cheap food imports would massively improve the lot of the majority of Japanese families, easing pressure for wage increases, so improving the profitability and competitiveness of the industries that actually create wealth in Japan. Win win situation, I am amazed that the industrial sectors and their workers are not forcefully pressing for this.

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They would if had any idea how expensive and limited their choice is. Sadly they believe what have have is the best you can get.

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as long as the US of A does the same.

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Well, at least for rice, and other basic products, they are a matter of national security. Eliminating the tariffs means many producers of Japanese traditional rice (koshihikari, akita-komachi, etc) will be forced out of business, and the paddies will be left neglected. It takes a complete ecosystem to be able to produce rice the traditional way, and once stopped and the land left alone or worse, sold to developers to build some ass-ugly apartments on them, it will never be possible to grow rice there any longer. That's what Japan fears most, and that's why they subsidize the farmers. I really agree to this way of thinking.

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