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Japan may soften trade stance as U.S. keeps up pressure

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By Leika Kihara

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soften trade stance = stop being unfair

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It seems well known (at least according to my banker parents) that Trump hates Japan because when he came to Japan around 90 or 91 to become a big player in the property market, no banker would take him seriously. He went home with a big anti-Japan complex, and I guess now he is getting his revenge.

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How can one promise to buy more things, when there are no more THINGs that America does not make that Japan does not need?

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TPP was a way to collaborate to limit China’s growing influence. Trump is either a moron or pretends to be to cultivate the ignorant part of his base.

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How can one promise to buy more things, when there are no more THINGs that America does not make that Japan does not need?

Many things are more expensive in Japan due to protectionism. My father-in-law paid over US$100k for a 2016 corvette in Japan that would have cost him about $70k here and the price I rice is 3-4x what we pay for similar quality California grown Japanese style rice.

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I have seen it since the Plaza Agreement, does not matter Democrats or Republicans.

Many other countries have more customs barriers but Japan is always a bad guys in history.

Change Article 9 of the Constitution  while as Japan remains a vassal state this will never change.

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badman:

the price I rice is 3-4x what we pay for similar quality California grown Japanese style rice.

And in my country, basmati rice is ten times cheaper than in Japan. The rice even has to be imported from India. I can even get all types of other rice.

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At the end of the day, it is Japanese people who suffer from Japan's own protectionism.

Many years ago I temporarily lived in a very low income area of Tokyo (I won't name the area). I often saw children out in their bare feet. But dispite the poverty, the area had lots of nice basic cafes and places to eat and the people were very welcoming. When I told them how much a 1 kg bag of rice was in my native country they were amazed (¥155). They were so envious.

I often re-visied that area to buy my shoes, there were lots of shoe shops with high quality shoes at a good price. But again, because of protectionism, the value of the yen rose, and it became cheaper to buy my shoes and leather jackets on shopping trips to neighbouring countries. Thus they lost out again.

A free market gives poorer sections of society the chance and the choice.

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our loser govt will give in america and our economy will go down, american health isurance companies will fleece us and we will only be able to eat GM food. thanks Aso.

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Japan ramped up its warning over the damage protectionism could inflict on the global economy, with Finance Minister Taro Aso saying that inward-looking policies would destabilize markets and benefit no country.

Coming from Japan this is comedy gold.

There are ways to do this besides opening up markets, such as promising to boost investment or buying more U.S. products, the officials said on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Or you could just ..you know .."open the markets " and let the average J-consumer benefit for once, instead of just ptotected vested interests ie. J-Inc and J-agriculture) for once.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe failed to convince Trump to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact when the two men met in Florida last week. 

Excellent. Keeping USA out is for the best. Can't play well with others. They're only good for one on one deals.

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Japan ramped up its warning over the damage protectionism could inflict on the global economy, with Finance Minister Taro Aso saying that inward-looking policies would destabilize markets and benefit no country.

Coming from Japan this is comedy gold.

Exactly! Spot on as usual brother!!

There are ways to do this besides opening up markets, such as promising to boost investment or buying more U.S. products, the officials said on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Or you could just ..you know .."open the markets " and let the average J-consumer benefit for once, instead of just ptotected vested interests ie. J-Inc and J-agriculture) for once.

Exactly!

I 've said it before and I'll say it again. The one thing Trump is doing right in my opinion is how he is dealing with Japan. He Trumps all the other Presidents on that one.

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Stay with what you know. Letting Trump dictate terms is not in the well being of Japan.

Trump will turn on you when he feels like it.

Please do not be fooled by this practised liar.

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It seems well known (at least according to my banker parents) that Trump hates Japan because when he came to Japan around 90 or 91 to become a big player in the property market, no banker would take him seriously. He went home with a big anti-Japan complex, and I guess now he is getting his revenge.

Then that MUST be it. Gokai's parents knew President Trump intimately and have the low-down on his intricate plan to become President 30 years later to stick it to Japan.

I will inform CNN immediately with this scoop.

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@clamenza I won't mention any names, but Trump walked into their bank and came out visibly perturbed. It was quite the 噂話 (not sure about this in English, but maybe "gossip but true"?)

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oh, gokai, I absolutely believe you. I'm sure no one needs any names, dates, evidence, or even collaborating stories. I further believe that your parents were both bankers involved with Trump's business dealings AND clinical psychologists who were well aware of Trump's inner thoughts and frustrations.

It really has been a slow, yet careful 30 year unfolding of a grandiose plan to become President and unleash his anger on Japan.

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U. S. A. Japan bilateral trade agreement for truly free trade. Japan must dismantle the many disguised hidden trade barriers that drive up the cost of imported American goods. These barriers are more detrimental to free trade than the tariffs themselves. Donald Thump- stay the course for truly free trade.

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It seems well known (at least that Trump hates Japan because when he came to Japan around 90 or 91 to become a big player in the property market, no banker would take him seriously. He went home with a big anti-Japan complex, and I guess now he is getting his revenge.

Highly unprofessional of bankers to disclose public information about clients and customers, and their identity s. My confidence in the integrity of Japanese Banks has just evaporated.

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Another case of the US dominating Japan. US first, Japan what Washington wants. Change your prime minister and regain your dignity and independence.

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