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Japan says "no" to abolishing agricultural tariffs

Japan has said it will not abolish tariffs in the agricultural sectors it considers sacred -- that is wheat, rice, dairy, sugar, as well as beef and pork. Japan's economy minister Akira Amari made those comments at the Trans Pacific Partnership talks being held in Singapore.

SINGAPORE: Japan has said it will not abolish tariffs in the agricultural sectors it considers sacred -- that is wheat, rice, dairy, sugar, as well as beef and pork. Japan's economy minister Akira Amari made those comments at the Trans Pacific Partnership talks being held in Singapore.

These tariffs are seen as a key reason negotiations have stalled.

New Zealand's trade minister Tim Groser said this does not mean a deal is dead, however Japan will need to find another way to play ball.

He said: "The onus of proof or the burden of proof is on those (like Japan) who feel they could not do that on at least one or two lines, or at least show that we can attain a very high quality result in some other way. Until then, we'll stick to our position." 

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