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Japan's surplus with U.S. up 10% amid trade talks

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I pay in France 3.7 euros (500 yens) for 200g of delicious Californian walnuts with removed shell.

I remember willing to buy fresh pepper in Japan. It was an outrageous 3 euros for less than 20g while it is here in France at 5 euros or less the 100 grams.

There is a big problem.

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Can't do away with tariffs on fruit and vegetables, or Abe's rural supporters will be put out of business and he will be gone. US makers could also make stuff that Japanese want. Auto makers are a great example of the failure to make cars Japanese like (unlike Japanese makers in the US). Look at photos of Tokyo in the 50s and 60s. Practically all American cars, and you can see US gas stations. All gone.

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Surprised no U.S.-bashers came to play the same old song of "Japanese people don't need U.S. products" "U.S. fruit is only GMO" etc. etc.

Let's face it: Trump is spot on when it comes to unequal trade between the two countries. Hopefully, we can come to an agreement that leaves both sides contempt, if not happy.

I'd love to have cheaper fruit and veggies from California (grapes), Washington (apples), Idahoe (potatoes).

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You have treated Japan bad as a friend and ally, keeping us back economically and militarily that's your purpose.

" keeping us back? ".... arent you claiming to be Italian?...or are you really?

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Those foods are produced in Japan, for example grapes (Yamagata), Potato (Hokkaido) and apples (Akita). They are delicious for Japanese and safe (NO G.M.) Remiving tariffs will impact on the Japanese farmers, who dont have the advantage of cheap mass production and Mexican labor like USA. Its unfair to the Japanese farmers.

Yeah the infalliable Japanese farmers just use cheap labor from China, Phillipines, or other ASEAN countries.... please get real... I used to think U.S. citizens were the most brainwashed, out-of-touch with reality people... until I met people who think Japan/Japanese do no wrong. In fact, how do you know the produce here is not GM? I don't see labels indicating otherwise on most produce I buy that is farmed in Japan.

As for autos. USA should focus on producing cars that Japanese want. Not big, gas guzzling vehicles hard to drive in narrow streets.

The same way Nissan and Mazda doesn't try to sell their tiny 4-cylinder cars in the U.S., I doubt Ford, GM, etc. would try to sell their "gas-guzzling vehicles hard to drive in narrow streets" in Japan.

It's 2019, how can you 'informed' commentators on JT still believe U.S. cars are all gas-guzzling? There are eco-cars, hell, TESLA, who arguably produces the world's most eco-friendly cars, is a U.S. company!

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Trump imposes tariffs on China - - trade surplus increases by 17% y-o-y ; Trump imposes tariffs on Japan - - trade surplus increases by 10%.... Sooo much winning.... LMAO.

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This small surplus is very recent. Japan's economy has been destroyed since the unfair treaty with America was signed in 1987. Japan at the time was %82 of US economy until America, the so called friend and ally decided to cripple Japan because it was on the path to surpass the US economy and we can't have that.

Since than, Japan has opened dozens of factories in the US employing 1 million Americans base on data from 2019, I guess that doesn't matter anymore even though your own companies are moving overseas.

You have treated Japan bad as a friend and ally, keeping us back economically and militarily that's your purpose.

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I'd love to have cheaper fruit and veggies from California (grapes), Washington (apples), Idahoe (potatoes).

Those foods are produced in Japan, for example grapes (Yamagata), Potato (Hokkaido) and apples (Akita). They are delicious for Japanese and safe (NO G.M.) Remiving tariffs will impact on the Japanese farmers, who dont have the advantage of cheap mass production and Mexican labor like USA. Its unfair to the Japanese farmers.

As for autos. USA should focus on producing cars that Japanese want. Not big, gas guzzling vehicles hard to drive in narrow streets.

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