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US-Japan trade deal caught in a rice maze

It is among the thorniest issues holding up an agreement that could pave way for TPP pact
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 05:50
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RICE'S GRIP: Part of Japan's hesitancy to change its rice policy comes from the lobbying power of its farmers.

Washington

A POWERFUL lobby stands in the way of two of the world's biggest economies completing a trade deal: Japanese rice farmers.

Rice is the island-nation's staple grain and a powerful symbol of self-sufficiency. It is also among the thorniest issues holding up an agreement

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