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Ambassador Kirk Meets Japanese Agriculture Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu

Ambassador Kirk met today with Japan’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Hirotaka Akamatsu along with other senior officials from Japan.

ARK and Akamatsu

Ambassador Kirk congratulated Minister Akamatsu on his new position and expressed his strong desire to work together constructively. Key among issues discussed was the shared commitment to achieving an ambitious and balanced conclusion to the WTO Doha Development Agenda. Regarding bilateral trade, Ambassador Kirk reiterated the importance the Obama Administration places on securing access to the Japanese beef market in a matter consistent to international standards.