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Perdue barbecues to sell Japanese on buying more US beef

TOKYO — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has picked up his barbeque tongs to convey his message to Japan: Buy more American beef.Perdue said Monday that as a top consumer of U.S. beef, Japan should treat the U.S. fairly. He said he hoped President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will strike a trade deal during his boss’s visit to Japan later this month.Japan’s limits on imports of meat and other farm products have been a recurring issue in years’ long trade talks with the U.S.The Trump administration worries that Japan will buy more from other nations that have signed trade deals with Japan in recent years, such as Australia and Europe.Japan, a country of 126 million, is the fourth largest market for U.S. agricultural products.The Associated Press read more

Speaker writes to President to protect Ranils rights

The Speaker has also requested the President to reconsider the decision to prorogue Parliament till November 16th, saying it will have serious and undesirable consequences. The Speaker says in his letter, he feels the request by the UNP is a democratic and fair request. The United National Party (UNP) has requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to take steps to protect the rights and privileges of Ranil Wickremesinghe.The Speaker has written to President Maithripala Sirisena saying the UNP wants Wickremesinghe’s rights and privileges protected until someone emerges in Parliament who can show majority support. He also raised concerns over the forced takeover of State institutions. (Colombo Gazette) read more