With Trump about to start a nuclear war in the Sea of Japan you would think the Japs would be worried about being incinerated again. But apparently not, they are more concerned about cow meat being imported from the USA.
Mike Loose Change Pence has just arrived in Tokyo to sort the matter out. He is demanding that Japan drop the 38.5% tariff on imports of diseased cow brains from America. The Japanese eat all sorts of weird stuff such as Puffer fish and jellyfish, so we assume that cow brains must also be a delicacy over there.
Pence has a strong bargaining position. If the Japanese do not agree to his terms the Americans will not nuke their competitors in South Korea. Pence himself is immune from mad cow disease. Scientists who have measured his tiny cranium assert that “there is just no room for a brain in there”.
The story from UPI (18 Apr):
U.S. business leaders called for the lowering of tariffs in Japan as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence began trade talks with Japanese officials in Tokyo.
Philip M. Seng, the chief executive of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, told reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday that Japan's tariffs on U.S. beef are "too high," according to NHK.
Seng said the United States and Japan should soon negotiate a bilateral free trade agreement so beef import tariffs are lowered.
The spokesman for the U.S. beef industry pointed out Japan's 38.5 percent tariff on beef is one of the world's highest in major markets.
Japan has a history of restricting U.S. beef imports.
In 2003, the country banned U.S. beef, citing the spread of mad cow disease among livestock. Import restrictions were eased after December 2005 but a ban returned in January 2006.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who has been critical of trade barriers against U.S. exports, has said American beef was "good enough for foreigners to eat" despite the mad cow disease concerns.
Ross, who has not singled out Japan for criticism, has spoken out against barriers to U.S. exports of cars and agricultural products, Bloomberg reported.
A Japanese official has said Tokyo wants to exclude Ross from economic talks this week in order to avoid disputes.
Pence instead will take the lead in trade talks with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso upon the request of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to the report.
The vice president arrived in Tokyo after concluding talks in Seoul, where he focused mostly on North Korea's threats.