NFU Submits Comments on Japan’s Inclusion in TPP

by 5m Editor
11 June 2013, at 7:43am

US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted comments to the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) in response to the inclusion of Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement negotiations.

"The agricultural sector is among the few parts of the U.S. export portfolio with a trade surplus," said Mr Johnson. "We must do much more to reduce our crippling, massive trade deficits, and this should be our negotiators’ primary concern in the TPP talks, which now include Japan, The needs of farmers and consumers around the world must be considered when formulating international trade policy, and the inclusion of Japan in the TPP is no different."

Mr Johnson is scheduled to meet with Mr Akira Banzai, of JA-Zenchu, the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives in Japan, on 11 June at NFU headquarters in Washington, DC.