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On May 16th, Ron Kirk, the US Trade Representative, and Bark Tae-ho, the Korean Minister for Trade, led the first KORUS FTA Joint Committee meeting, which oversees the ongoing implementation of the FTA.
Exactly 100 years ago on March 27, 1912 in a small private ceremony, First Lady Helen Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted two Japanese Cherry Blossom, or Sakura, trees, in a secluded corner of Washington, DC. Despite its lack of fanfare public fanfare,...
ASEAN countries have long been an important international market for US agricultural exports. The United States, in 2011, exported almost $9.6 billion of agricultural products to ASEAN, making it the sixth-largest export destination for US farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses—behind...

Little States Expect Big Gains from KORUS

by Alex Forster
The US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, set to take effect on March 15, nearly five years after it was first drafted, has major implications for many of America’s industries, both large and small.

The US Seafood Market and Southeast Asia

by Alex Forster
Southeast Asia is an increasingly important player in the US seafood market. Although stagnant fish stocks, growing demand for seafood products, and chronic overfishing are constraining mature fishery sectors, such as the United States’, the same trends are bringing about opportunities...

Tōhoku Region Matters for America

by Grace Ruch
The record-breaking March 11th earthquake off the coast of Japan caused skyscrapers to sway in Tokyo and tremors across the main island of Honshu, but it was the Tōhoku region, Japan’s northeast, that bore the brunt of nature’s fury. The three Pacific-facing prefectures nearest the...

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