These talks on automotive trade also include taxes on agricultural products. The US says that Japan's agricultural sector is protected by "substantial barriers." Japan already agreed to lower tariffs on beef and pork in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal that President Trump withdrew from in one of his earliest acts as president. The TPP could have really opened up trade between the US and Japan and even put and end to the ridiculous 25-year import ban
. Japan relies heavily on its automotive sector, so if the US imposes tariffs on imports, it could cripple the Japanese economy. We will continue to report on this issue as the trade talks develop.