Monday, a news release from the Senate Finance Committee stated that, “Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) commented following Japan’s announcement that it wishes to begin consultations to participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.


Chairman Baucus stated that, “Today’s announcement by Japan that it wishes to begin consultations on participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations represents the first step in a process that we hope will achieve a new level of openness in Japan and the resolution of long-standing trade concerns, particularly in the area of agriculture goods like beef. U.S. ranchers and farmers produce world-class beef and agricultural products that are 100 percent safe, so Japan needs to eliminate the unscientific and unjustified barriers to our exports.”


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Posted 11/16/2011