Could Japan be the missing link that could unlock the deadlock in the World Trade Organisation talks? In an interview with the Financial Times (registration needed after a timelag) Shoichi Nakagawa. Japan's farming minister, hints that Japan might make substantial concessions (such as slashing the huge protection granted to the rice industry?) if Brazil and other maturing developing countries open up their industrial markets.
If there are enough countries willing to do similar "I will do x but only if you do y" deals then maybe the stalled talks could climb out of the land of the dead. But don't bet on it.