(Posted Fri. Apr 12th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Exports Japan

Apr. 12: The National Corn Growers Association applauds today’s announcement that the United States has concluded preliminary consultations to approve Japan’s participation in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Japan announced its intention to join TPP last month. Since November 2011, U.S. negotiators have held discussions with Japan regarding the comprehensive, high-standard agreement. Japan must secure the approval of all current TPP members before it can participate in future rounds of talks. NCGA has consistently expressed support for Japan joining TPP negotiations as a full partner. In March, NCGA joined more than 70 agriculture organizations to send a letter to President Barack Obama urging the administration to work with Japan to facilitate Japan’s full participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership. “Japan’s interest in joining TPP represents a historic opportunity for U.S.-Japan trade relations,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chairman Jim...