Japan Hopes to Limit Farm Tariff Cuts for U.S. to TPP Levels

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Niigata, May 11 (Jiji Press)--Japan hopes to limit possible cuts in tariffs on agricultural imports from the United States to levels promised under the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa said Saturday.

Yoshikawa made the remark at a meeting with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in Niigata, central Japan, ahead of the day's opening of a two-day meeting of the Group of 20 agriculture ministers.

Yoshikawa asked Perdue to ease or scrap U.S. import restrictions on Japanese agricultural products introduced due to the nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

Perdue replied that he will convey the request to relevant government sections.

Their breakfast meeting lasted about an hour.

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