Japan will eventually have to eliminate the tariffs it imposes on imported farm products despite its intention to keep them as an exception in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade negotiations it plans to join later this month, Malaysia's trade minister has indicated.
International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed said Tuesday in Tokyo: "We need to know how long that (agriculture) sector needs to be protected. I think there's got to be some transitional arrangement" to ease the impact of the trade liberalization.
The central government estimates that Japan's agricultural output will drop by ¥3 trillion from the current total of about ¥7.1 trillion if the tariffs are eliminated under the TPP and no compensation measures are taken.
Mustapa acknowledged Japan's intention to protect rice and other sensitive farm products, saying every TPP country has domestic industries that need to be protected.
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe revealed the capital city's new logo at a press conference in the nation's capital on Friday, and the simple design, featuring the one-line catchphrase "&TOKYO", is already in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. (rocketnews24.com)
A ministry official was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of receiving a cash bribe of about ¥1 million from an information technology firm to help it secure orders for works involving the My Number ID system's information management systems. (The Japan News)
Mount Fuji has been capped with the snow for the first time this season. Weather officials say the iconic mountain was capped with snow 5 days earlier than last year but 11 days later than usual. (NHK)
Police in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 23-year-old man over the death of a 57-year-old man who was found bleeding from a head injury on a street early Sunday morning. (Japan Today)