Japan and U.S. remain apart on farm tariffs

JIJI

Japan and the U.S. have failed to narrow their differences on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Akira Amari said Monday.

Ahead of the start of the third day of TPP ministerial talks, Amari, Japan’s point man for the trade pact, said he had “a strong sense of distance” after meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Saturday.

They are at odds over how to deal with Japanese tariffs in five “sensitive” categories, including rice and beef.

“We will make our utmost efforts to bring about a broad agreement between Japan and the United States,” Amari stated.