Sep 19, 2014

U.S. calls for Japan to buckle down on Pacific trade pact

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urged Japan on Thursday to ramp up efforts on a Pacific trade pact ahead of planned talks with his Japanese counterpart next week and a new round of negotiations in October. A standoff between the United States and Japan, ...

Sep 10, 2014

Japan, U.S. see little progress in TPP farm tariff talks

Japan and the United States made only “very limited” progress in two days of working-level talks over Tokyo’s proposed exceptions to tariff abolition for key farm products under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a Japanese official said Wednesday. “We were not able to make as much ...

Sep 10, 2014

Japan mulls applying same tariffs to beef imports from all TPP nations

Japan is mulling applying the same beef tariff rates to all 11 other negotiating member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, including the United States, sources familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. Tokyo had considered allowing lower tariffs only for beef imports from the United ...

Sep 9, 2014

Australia urges Japan to further lower beef tariffs in TPP

Australia is urging Japan to further lower its tariffs on beef under the Trans-Pacific Partnership after Tokyo agreed to substantially cut them under a two-way free trade deal struck in April, negotiation sources said Tuesday. Australia, which became the first major farming country to ...

Sep 6, 2014

In talks Japan and U.S. remain apart over TPP-related auto trade

Japan and the United States remained apart Friday over the issue of whether Japan can allow U.S. automakers more access to the domestic market under an envisioned Pacific free trade deal, a Japanese official said. “We made some progress but reached no new agreement,” ...

Aug 29, 2014

Japan, U.S. trade chief might hold TPP powwow in September: Amari

Tokyo and Washington could hold a ministerial meeting in September to reach agreement on contentious bilateral issues related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the minister in charge of the trade initiative said Friday. Akira Amari said he thinks there is a possibility he will meet ...

Aug 18, 2014

TPP meeting scheduled in Hanoi next month

The 12 nations involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative will hold a working-level meeting in Hanoi next month, Japanese government officials said Monday. The chief negotiators of the 12 TPP member economies are also expected to meet for 10 days of negotiations ...

Aug 14, 2014

Japan-U.S. auto talks leave TPP spinning its wheels

Japan and the United States failed to make significant progress Thursday on opening the Japanese automobile sector, ending working-level talks in Tokyo aimed at sealing the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. “Though our mutual understanding advanced as a whole, there was no major progress,” Takeo ...