U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) released the following statement today after the Obama Administration announced it reached an agreement to allow Japan to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. There are 11 countries participating in the trade talks.
"I congratulate Japanese and American leaders for taking this important step in deepening our already strong trade and diplomatic relationships," Johanns said. "I look forward to a comprehensive agreement that lowers tariffs and includes science-based standards for market access. Japan recently removed some barriers to U.S. beef -- we should build on that progress with a strong agreement that benefits our economy, farmers, and workers, as well as our negotiating partners."
"This is also great news for America's ag producers. Japan is one of the largest markets in the world for agricultural products and bringing them to the negotiating table can only help improve access to this important market for our farmers and ranchers. America needs strong trading partners in the Asia-Pacific region and TPP negotiations will play a key role in helping us develop these relationships."