President Donald Trump talks with reporters after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Washington. American farmers have not just endured retaliatory tariffs from China and other nations. They’ve had to watch as competitors used free trade agreements to make inroads into Japan, a historically protectionist market. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US farmers hope Trump delivers on trade deal with Japan

September 05, 2019 - 12:29 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — American farmers have not just endured retaliatory tariffs from China and other nations. They've had to watch as competitors used free trade agreements to make inroads into Japan, a historically protectionist market.

Now they're hoping the coming U.S.-Japan trade deal that President Donald Trump is showcasing will be as strong for farmers as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Trump ditched soon after taking office.

When Trump bailed on TPP, competitors such as Canada, Mexico and Australia forged ahead with a revamped version. The European Union also reached its own agreement with Japan.

The changes have contributed to a new trade landscape. The Agriculture Department says U.S. farm exports to Japan dropped 2% in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year.

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