The farm ministry will remove tariffs on some 300 agricultural products to conclude a free-trade agreement with Mexico, ministry officials said Wednesday.
The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry will present the plan to Mexican negotiators after winning approval from the ruling coalition Thursday.
But the list is unlikely to satisfy Mexico, which has been asking Japan to remove tariffs on 485 agricultural products, pork in particular.
The ministry wants to treat pork as an exception to the planned FTA and will not include it in the 300-item list, ministry sources said.
The list of products “cannot be made public as it is still subject to negotiations,” a ministry official said.
Pumpkins, melons, eggs and sunflower seed oil are expected to be among the candidate products.
Japan and Mexico hope to conclude an FTA this fall.
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