Japan, Australia remain apart on farm trade liberalization
News On Japan via Mainichi -- Apr 23
Japan and Australia began Monday in Canberra five-day talks on sealing a bilateral free trade agreement, with differences remaining over liberalizing trade in agricultural products.
In the 15th round of the bilateral FTA negotiations launched in April 2007, Tokyo will likely maintain its cautious stance toward opening up the Japanese market to such farm items as beef, wheat, dairy products and sugar.
Australia, a major agricultural exporter, has been calling on Japan to eliminate tariffs on those items, but Japan is eager to exempt politically sensitive farm products from tariff elimination to protect Japanese farmers.
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