The US-Japan trade agreement fact sheet was recently released by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and it outlines the key elements of the trade agreement between the two nations. The agreement was signed on October 7, 2019, and is expected to have a significant impact on both economies.
Highlights of the Agreement
The agreement between the US and Japan covers a wide range of areas, including agriculture, industrial products, digital trade, and intellectual property. Here are some of the key highlights of the agreement:
1. Agriculture: Japan has agreed to reduce or eliminate tariffs on a wide range of American agricultural products, including beef, pork, wine, cheese, and wheat. This is a significant win for American farmers, who have long complained about the high tariffs imposed by Japan on their products.
2. Industrial Products: The agreement also eliminates tariffs on a wide range of industrial products, including machine tools, medical devices, and chemicals. This will benefit American manufacturers and exporters, who will now have greater access to the Japanese market.
3. Digital Trade: The agreement includes provisions to promote digital trade between the two countries. This includes measures to protect data privacy, prevent the forced localization of data, and promote the free flow of data across borders.
4. Intellectual Property: The agreement includes provisions to protect intellectual property rights. This includes measures to prevent piracy and counterfeiting, and to ensure that American companies are treated fairly in the Japanese market.
Impact on the US Economy
The US-Japan trade agreement is expected to have a significant impact on the American economy. According to the USTR, the agreement will boost American exports to Japan by $7.2 billion, and create new opportunities for American businesses in the Japanese market.
The agreement will also benefit American farmers, who will now have greater access to the Japanese market. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the agreement will increase US agricultural exports to Japan by $2.3 billion.
In addition, the agreement will help to strengthen the economic ties between the US and Japan, which are two of the world`s largest economies. This will have a positive impact on global economic growth and stability.
The US-Japan trade agreement is a significant achievement for both nations, and it represents a major step forward in the economic relationship between the US and Japan. The agreement will benefit American businesses, farmers, and workers, and it will help to strengthen the economic ties between the two nations. With this agreement, the US has taken a major step towards establishing a fairer and more balanced economic relationship with Japan.