Japan and Australia in tough ag negotiations

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The Australian Business Spectator is reporting that the largest farm organization in the country is urging the government to not accept tough negotiation demands by Japan in order for the two countries to complete a new free trade agreement.

The National Farmers Federation is concerned that Australian negotiators will cave in to demands the Japanese government is proposing to “appease influential Japanese groups determined to protect their key agricultural commodities from competition.”

Such opinions about Japan doing everything in its power to protect its small-scale opearations and subsidized agricultural systems are common within the U.S. and apparently the world. Japanese agriculture groups have fought hard over the years to protect their rice, sugar, beef, dairy, grain and pork sectors, noted the Business Spectator. That list leaves few large-volume commodity ag products the Japanese do not want to protect.  

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