Friday, February 24, 2012
HM Canadian Government is again expanding our trade, this time with Japan. Expanding markets outside of the US is a good idea. Pacific trade will bring Canada a lot of jobs. Let's hope this comes to fruition Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to announce the launch of free trade negotiations with Japan, as well as an easing of the ban on Canadian beef exports, when he heads to Asia for a security summit next month. Mr. Harper is heading to Seoul, South Korea, at the end of March for the Nuclear Security Summit, but it is understood he will stop in Tokyo to meet Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and announce the start of negotiations on an economic partnership agreement with Japan, which is already Canada’s fourth biggest trading partner. The two men are also likely to announce that the ban on Canadian beef for animals older than 21 months will be eased to allow cattle aged 30 months and younger to enter Japan. The ban was initially imposed over fears about mad-cow disease.