Spectator: No Tariff on Tom Cruise

No Tariff on Tom Cruise

It's not the heat, and it's not the humidity: what's really enervating is day after relentless day of news reports about the G-7 trade negotiations in Tokyo. GATT. Market-share targets. The Uruguay Round. Consultations with the Canadian Prime Minister. Drowsy yet?

Part of the problem is that trade talks always focus on desperately unexciting commodities; given the choice between reading about tariffs on nonferrous metals and, say, Julia Roberts' marriage, many people will skip the trade-barriers story. So here's an age-of-Clinton hybrid: movie stars and arcane trade issues, together in one convenient package.

The most contentious point in Tokyo was the...

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