Trade talks are underway between Japan and the United States this week as Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer meets with Japan’s Economic Advisor. Agriculture complaints are “front and center” according to Politico, ever since President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The Trump administration is expected to push for similar concessions for U.S. agriculture as seen in the TPP. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, called the CPTPP, replaced the original agreement that the U.S. backed away from, giving U.S. agriculture’s competitors a market advantage. Japan will be seeking market access in return, which could include growing markets for its specialty agricultural products.
The preliminary talks are expected to wrap up early this week. But for now, there’s little word on what objectives the Trump administration has for any deal with Japan, with the expectation that talks this week will surface more details.