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Japan’s Sensitive Agriculture Sector a Hurdle in U.S. TPP

Posted May 09, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama’s ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership hit a stumbling block due in part to Japan's sensitive agriculture sector.

Australia Broadcasting reporter Jim Middleton speaks with Matthew Goodman, an economist with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies and former Asian economics adviser to the White House.

A Forbes article published last year featuring the work of Yamashita Kazuhito, research director specializing in agricultural policy at the Canon Institute for Global Studies, provides an excellent primer on the current state of crisis in Japanese agriculture and its vulnerability to free trade.