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Japan and United States Reaffirm Their Close Ties

In a joint statement, the two governments agreed that if Japan does participate in the trade talks, there would be no exemptions stopping discussions on any products, a starting point the United States had insisted upon. But the statement also recognized “that both countries have bilateral trade sensitivities, such as certain agricultural products for Japan and certain manufactured products for the United States” and held that Japan would not have to commit to ending all tariffs upon joining the talks. Even so, the goal of the trade talks is a comprehensive agreement that eliminates tariffs.

Japan, U.S. report progress toward trade talks

“The two Governments confirm that should Japan participate in the TPP negotiations, all goods would be subject to negotiation,” the statement said — an important signal that Japan has accepted the basic aim that the TPP talks be as expansive as possible. But the statement notes that “as the final outcome will be determined during the negotiations, it is not required to make a prior commitment to unilaterally eliminate all tariffs upon joining the TPP negotiations.”

要するに、米国の立場は、「前もって関税引き下げを約束しなくてもTPP交渉に参加させてあげるけれど、貿易交渉の目的は関税撤廃に向けた総括的な合意にあることを忘れないでね」、ということらしい。だから現状の700%ほどのコメの関税率が容認される可能性はほとんど無いということ。 TPPについて新聞は捏造記事を掲載してはいけない。 で引用されている某新聞の記事は誤解を誘う見出しだ。

TPP交渉は広範にわたるから、金融・保険・日本郵政株式会社、それに医療や著作権なんかも取り上げられるようだ。