Japan

Market Access (Ag) 140 Bipartisan Members of the House of Representatives, 30 July 2014, “Specifically, Japan is seeking to exempt numerous tariff lines from complete elimination with the United States … we urge you to hold Japan and Canada to the same high standards as other TPP partners. Otherwise, Congressional support for a final TPP agreement will be jeopardized.”

 

Market Access (Ag) 6 Democrat Members of the Senate, 1 May 2014, “As TPP negotiations continue, we urge you to secure immediate duty elimination of Japan’s 19.1 percent tariff on U.S. grape juice concentrate under H.S. 2009.69.210.  To ensure that all future U.S. grape juice exports enter Japan duty-free, we also ask that you secure the elimination of Japan’s other grape juice tariffs falling under H.S. 2009.69 and H.S. 2009.61, which range from 19.1 percent to 29.8 percent.”

 

Market Access (Ag) 63 Bipartisan Members of the House of Representatives, 21 April 2014, “We now seek assurances from you that the U.S. will not close TPP negotiations with Japan’s participation unless Japan has agreed to eliminate tariff and non-tariff trade barriers to agriculture.”

Market Access (Ag), 18 Bipartisan Members of the Senate, 21 February 2014, “By requesting special treatment for its agricultural sector in the TPP, Japan may upset the careful balance of concessions that the eleven economies involved in the negotiations have achieved. If Japan continues to insist on protecting certain agricultural products, other countries with sensitivities in the agricultural sector may make similar demands.”

Market Access (Dairy) 74 Bipartisan Members of the House of Representatives, 26 July 2013, “We are hopeful that the negotiations will help reduce the import tariffs and regulatory barriers that prevent additional U.S. dairy access in Japan.”

Grain 6 Democrat Members of the House of Representatives, 30 September 2013, “We are writing to ask your assistance in helping resolve a lockout of American grain workers by two Japanese grain conglomerates, Marubeni and Mitsui, as you discuss Japan’s involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.”

Automobiles 43 Bipartisan Bicameral Members of Congress, 14 March 2013, “Japan’s significant, long-standing, and persistent economic barriers put in place to block our exports and support theirs have hurt American workers and businesses for decades. Nowhere is the closed nature of Japan’s markets more evident than in the auto sector, where Japanese policies and practices have been carefully honed – over generations – to keep out American and other foreign cars and parts.”

Automobiles / Currency 1 Senate Democrat, 9 November 2011, “Japan remains the most closed auto market in the developed world, with imports from other developed auto countries accounting for less than 5 percent of sales… In addition to these longstanding structural barriers against U.S. autos, just last week Japan intervened in its currency for the fourth time in the past 14 months … These unfair and counterproductive policies must be addressed substantively before welcoming Japan into TPP negotiations.”

Market Access: 4 Bipartisan Members of both Houses, 8 November 2011, “Japan is a long-time U.S. ally and friend in Asia. However, paramount considerations in evaluating a request relating to a trade agreement must be whether Japan is willing and able to meet the high standard commitments inherent in U.S. free trade agreements and whether inclusion would truly open this historically-closed market to the benefit of our companies, workers, and farmers. We look forward to close consultations as this issue develops.” (Rep Dave Camp (R) (Chairman, House Committee on Ways and Means), Rep Sander Levin (D) (Ranking Member, House Committee on Ways and Means), Sen Max Baucus (D) (Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance), Sen Orrin Hatch (R) (Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Finance).