Aug 5, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume TPP talks on market access for beef, pork

Trade officials from Japan and the United States resumed negotiations over outstanding issues on market access for agricultural products such as beef and pork under the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Both governments will explore ways to strike a deal, possibly this fall, regarding Japan’s exceptional tariffs ...

Restaurateurs, beef and wine vendors hail Australia tariffs deal

Jul 9, 2014

Restaurateurs, beef and wine vendors hail Australia tariffs deal

Japanese restaurant operators, butchers and wine merchants are welcoming the economic partnership agreement signed with Australia on Tuesday, predicting lower prices for imported foodstuffs such as beef and booze. “We may use more Australian beef if tariffs fall,” said an official at Zensho Holdings ...

Export of 'wagyu' beef to EU gets underway

Jun 24, 2014

Export of 'wagyu' beef to EU gets underway

Japanese farmers have exported their first shipment of “wagyu” beef to the European Union after an import ban on beef produced in the country was lifted. Wagyu are among the most desired breeds because of their intense fat marbling, which makes the meat particularly ...

Apr 21, 2014

Japan, U.S. to resume TPP talks Tuesday

Japan and the United States will resume working-level talks in Tokyo Tuesday on finding common ground over a wider Pacific free trade pact, with U.S. President Barack Obama due to arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday. The fresh round of negotiations — the last chance ...

Apr 12, 2014

Japan rejects U.S. proposal to abolish auto tariffs over 30 years

The United States has proposed eliminating tariffs on imported Japanese vehicles over 30 years in bilateral talks related to a wider Pacific free trade pact, but Japan rejected it because the phaseout period is unusually long, sources close to the matter said Friday. The ...

Apr 11, 2014

Japan, U.S. trade chiefs pen in new bid next week to seal TPP deal

Japan’s minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks said Friday he will meet with his U.S. counterpart in Washington next week as they accelerate efforts to resolve outstanding issues before the Japan-U.S. summit later this month. Akira Amari and Michael Froman ...

Aussie beef industry hails EPA with Japan

Apr 8, 2014

Aussie beef industry hails EPA with Japan

The Australian beef industry welcomed Tuesday a broad accord between Japan and Australia to conclude a bilateral economic partnership agreement (EPA) for free trade. “Over the next 20 years, sales of Australian beef to Japan are expected to rise by 5.5 billion (Australian) dollars ...

Farmers bet on steaks twice the price of silver

Apr 3, 2014

Farmers bet on steaks twice the price of silver

by Aya Takada

Hirotaka Sekiguchi dresses his “wagyu” calves in T-shirts and jackets to protect them against the spring chill and an expected avalanche of cheap foreign beef. The 59-year-old Sekiguchi pampers the 320 cattle on his feedlot in the town of Kamisato, Saitama Prefecture, with customized ...

Feb 19, 2014

Japan to offer tariff reduction for U.S. beef in TPP talks

Japan is expected to offer reducing tariffs on beef imported from the United States in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, according to highly placed sources. The Abe administration has been reluctant to cut tariffs on key farm products, including beef and pork, but ...