Beef Issues Remain Between US and Japan

GENERAL - The United States and Japan have released the results of their work under the U.S.-Japan Regulatory Reform and Competition Policy Initiative (Regulatory Reform Initiative). The US has shown concern over ongoing beef trade issues.
calendar icon 7 July 2009
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United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk welcomed progress made in a number of areas that will help to further open Japan's market, improve its business environment, and stimulate new opportunities for growth.

"I welcome the results we are seeing through this engagement with Japan, which for American exporters and service providers is helping to create new opportunities with our fourth largest trading partner and goods export market," said Ambassador Kirk. "Removing non-tariff barriers to trade and improving transparency in foreign markets are high priorities for the United States, and going forward I look to ensure this important work is strengthened further."

Ambassador Kirk also emphasized the importance of making progress with Japan on other priority issues for the United States. "Normalising trade for U.S. beef and securing a level playing field for U.S. insurance providers are two issues that remain of serious concern. I look to Japan to ensure these concerns are addressed as quickly as possible."

The United States and Japan today released the 86-page Report to the Leaders, which is prepared at the conclusion of each annual round of the U.S.-Japan Regulatory Reform Initiative. The Report documents the results of work to promote more open markets, ensure fairer competition, and improve the climate for U.S. exporters and service providers in the world's second largest economy.

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