James R. Simpson

For James R. Simpson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

/ Mar 12, 2013

TPP a risky venture for Japan

If Japan joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership its food self-sufficiency rate would be in danger of plunging from the current incredibly low 39 percent to about 13 percent.

/ Nov 3, 2011

Japan has viable options on the TPP conundrum: Why not use one?

U.S. President Barack Obama will soon head to Hawaii for the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, November 8-13. Hosted by the United States, it and eight other APEC economies are holding talks to reach broad outlines of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Japan has ...

/ Mar 18, 2000

Japan, human rights and the WTO

The 135-member World Trade Organization has announced that it will start global negotiations on trade in agriculture beginning March 20. There is yet to be agreement on the negotiating format, scope of discussions and time frame. But we do know the talks will take ...