• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: Officials of the European Common Market have reacted favourably to a decision by the new Tokyo cabinet that should make it easier to export goods to Japan.In Tokyo on Wednesday (2 December) a Common Market delegation was handed a list setting out 1600 tariff cuts.The head of the delegation, Mr.Leslie Fielding set out his initial reactions to the Japanese move.

  • Description

    1.
    SCU Leslie Fielding, head of European Common Market delegation speaking.
    0.44

    2.
    SCU Reporter asking question.
    0.52

    3.
    SCU Fielding answers.
    1.32


    SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT)



    FIELDING: "The European Community most, almost all our exports to Japan are of manufactured goods. The tariff cuts accelerated tariff cuts which the Japanese government are going to make are across the board and cover the whole field. Therefore to some extent I guess pretty well anything we make and export to Japan is going to benefit, although I was pleased to hear that in certain areas where we considered that the Japanese tariff has been exceptionally high in the past -- I'm thinking of things like confectionary, chocolate, Scotch and Irish Whisky -- there will be accelerated cuts there also. But these aren't the only items, here, we're talking of machinery, household goods or whatever, there should be some beneficial effect, and I welcome this."



    REPORTER: "What about the psychological aspect of making the Japanese buy more foreign goods? Do you think any effort will be made to tackle that?"



    FIELDING: "Well, psychological and cultural barriers to do with a distribution system, to do with the export and (INDISTINCT) mentality in Japan, to do with the autarchic tendency here where, as far as possible, Japan tries to make everything it possibly can in Japan, even if it's not, they're not doing so always, under strict criteria of international competitivity, now tariff cuts alone aren't going to make an enormous difference. There are other factors to be brought into account, but nevertheless, I think it's a very good beginning. We've made a start now to tackle a problem which otherwise looked to me going out of control in 1982."





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    Background: INTRODUCTION: Officials of the European Common Market have reacted favourably to a decision by the new Tokyo cabinet that should make it easier to export goods to Japan.In Tokyo on Wednesday (2 December) a Common Market delegation was handed a list setting out 1600 tariff cuts.The head of the delegation, Mr.Leslie Fielding set out his initial reactions to the Japanese move.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADIFOLSWTY4C34DZ4IZX54G3YX
    Media URN:
    VLVADIFOLSWTY4C34DZ4IZX54G3YX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/12/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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