The report notes that Japan’s inward Foreign Direct Investment is
still low compared with other large economies, and measures are needed
to increase its attractiveness to foreign investors. The report also
notes the high level of government assistance in agriculture and the low
labour productivity in this sector.
Sustained recovery would appear to hinge on continued structural reforms
including in the financial, corporate and public sectors, and in
strengthening of competition policy and adopting further trade
liberalization particularly in agriculture, according to the report.
The report, along with a policy statement by the government of Japan,
will be the basis for the eighth Trade Policy Review (TPR) of Japan by
the Trade Policy Review Body of the WTO on 31 January and 2 February
The WTO report, along with a policy
statement by the Government, will be the basis for the Trade Policy
Review (TPR) by the Trade Policy Review Body of the WTO.
following documents are available in MS Word format.
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Trade Policy Reviews are an exercise, mandated in the WTO agreements,
in which member countries’ trade and related policies are examined and
evaluated at regular intervals. Significant developments that may have
an impact on the global trading system are also monitored. For each
review, two documents are prepared: a policy statement by the
government of the member under review, and a detailed report written
independently by the WTO Secretariat. These two documents are then
discussed by the WTO’s full membership in the Trade Policy Review Body
(TPRB). These documents and the proceedings of the TPRB’s meetings are
published shortly afterwards.
copies of previous TPR publications are available for sale from the
WTO Secretariat, Centre William Rappard, 154 rue de Lausanne, 1211
Genève 21 and through the
TPR publications are also available from our co-publisher Bernan Press, 4611-F Assembly Drive, Lanham, MD 20706-4391, United States.
Schedule of forthcoming reviews
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Argentina: 12 and 14 February
European Communities: 26 and 28 February 2007
Australia: 5 and 7 March 2007
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