U.S. and Japan Roll Out a Trade Agreement

During the United Nations General Assembly in New York, President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the first stage of the new trade agreement between the U.S. and Japan. This agreement levels the playing field in terms of market access for certain agriculture and industrial goods, as well as on digital trade. In the next two weeks, the two countries will work out more details. The first stage of the agreement is expected to be finalized by January 2020.

U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement Fact Sheet


U.S. Dry Bean Delegation Visits Japan

A delegation sponsored by the U.S. Dry Bean Council visited Japan to meet with importers and end users in March. Japan is a buyer of baby lima beans, purchasing up to 70 percent of production. There also continues to be a demand by end users for Great Northern beans.
Over the last several years, the U.S. has seen an increase in other classes such as garbanzo and dark red kidney beans. Baby lima and Great Northern beans are used in a sweet bean paste for Japanese confectionery. Garbanzo and dark red kidney bean are used in soups and salads. Read more.