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  • U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (3rd R) meets with Japan

    U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (3rd R) meets with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (3rd L) for talks on the TPP. | Photo: Reuters

Published 13 April 2015

U.S. and Japanese trade officials are meeting in Tokyo to push forward TPP trade negotiations. 

Japanese and U.S. officials will meet Wednesday in efforts to reach a bilateral deal giving momentum to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, the Japanese government said Monday.

Negotiators from both countries will meet to discuss the remaining disagreements over agricultural goods and the auto industry.

The TPP negotiations between Japan and 11 other countries, have stalled, as Japan wants to protect farm products such as rice, wheat, sugar, dairy, beef and pork, while the United States argues Japan has non-tariff barriers in its auto sector.

A previous poll carried out by the Pew Research Foundation found that that citizens from the in the United States and Japan, France are the most skeptical about the benefits of increasing international trade when compared to other nations participating in the TPP.

Meanwhile, the United States members of Congress are likely to vote on a “fast track” trade promotion authority bill in the coming weeks.

The measure would allow President Barack Obama to submit free trade agreements to Congress with an expedited, yes-or-no vote by Congress with no possibility for amendment.

A range of activist groups around the world are holding a global day of action Saturday to protest free trade and investment agreements generally.

In the U.S., many of these will focus on the “fast track” legislative proposal, taking place different days throughout the week.

Ryan is the perfect man to prove the perfect failure of his Republican economics and Japan's decade long proof of that economic failure.
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