White House and USTR officials have been quick to add that everything is on the table. Fair enough. But Japan is not the only country that will have a hard time clearing domestic obstacles without one exception or other, and there must be more powerful agricultural lobbies than rice farmers. Does this mean that the Abe and Obama administrations had this preliminary outcome in their sights all along? Could be. And with the 20-30 month-old beef already taken care of under the Noda administration—seriously, Abe really should thank Noda, if he hasn’t already—the Detroit Three’s grievances against Japanese auto manufacturers and US insurers’ complaints against the Japan Post group’s efforts to expand its insurance operations now loom as major non-tariff barrier issues that will have to be addressed, for starters, by the Obama administration, desirably from its viewpoint with a little help from the Abe administration, in the 90-day process to secure congressional consent to allow Japan to join the negotiations.