Japan to Mull Aid for Farmers after Trade Deal with U.S.


Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is now seen starting in earnest work to draw up measures to alleviate the possible impact on domestic farmers of a just-agreed trade deal with the United States.

The agriculture industry is relieved that no tariff-free quota will be set for U.S. rice shipments to Japan, Toru Nakaya, chairman of the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, or JA-Zenchu, said in a statement on Thursday.

Japan had agreed to introduce such a quota for up to 70,000 tons of U.S. rice during Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, from which the United States withdrew just after the inauguration of President Donald Trump in January 2017.

Meanwhile, there are persistent concerns about lower Japanese tariffs on U.S. beef, pork and other farm goods. "Farmers are more worried than ever about their future," Toshiaki Tobita, head of JA Hokkaido Chuokai, a group under the nationwide union, said.

Under the bilateral trade deal, Japan will liberalize its markets for many agricultural products to levels under the TPP.

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