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IIST e-MagazineIIST e-Magazine No.0264
28, February, 2017


Now is the Time for Japan-US Beef Negotiations
“Cherry-pick” from the TPP?


Hayato Ishii
Senior Feature Writer/Editorial Writer
Kyodo News

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order withdrawing his country permanently from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), effectively unraveling the deal. With Abe and Trump agreeing at their recent summit to set up a new framework for economic dialogue, bilateral negotiations will now become the main vehicle for dealing with Japan-US trade issues.
Reducing beef tariffs in particular is an urgent issue for the US livestock industry.

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Series: Growing Inbound Tourism (Part 4)
Attracting International Visitors with Interactive Tourism
Developing a new style of tourism in Japan’s Shangri-La


Koji Deo
Deputy Secretary-General
Nishi-Awa Tourism Association Sora-no-Sato

In the remote mountains of western Tokushima, a new experiment is underway to use time spent interacting with local communities in a village space as a new local resource for community development and transformation of the industrial structure.
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Bright Prospects for Agribusiness in Myanmar

Yoshihiro Araki
ASEAN Program Director
International Person Exchange Support Association
Former Managing Director, JETRO Yangon Office

It is almost a year now since the launch of the new Aung San Suu Kyi administration. The veritable frenzy that Myanmar (Burma) aroused for a while has calmed, but foreign companies remain very interested in the potential of the Myanmar market. Foreign investment in agriculture has remained sluggish, but agriculture’s approximately 30 percent share of Myanmar’s GDP make it the country’s mainstay, leaving major business chances to be found. This article is based on lectures given at seminars in Sapporo and Asahikawa which I attended as part of a December 2016 program organized by the Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST) that brought to Japan leading figures from Burmese agriculture.

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* Articles are written by METI officials and specialists, economists, journalists, and experts in various fields. It should be noted, however, that views expressed do not represent the official position of the Japanese government or of IIST.

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