May 15, 2015

Diet OKs trade agreement with Mongolia

The Diet approved an economic partnership agreement with Mongolia on Friday. The Upper House passed the bilateral free trade pact by a majority vote at a plenary session. The Lower House has already approved the pact. The government will draw up relevant ordinances needed ...

May 8, 2015

Belgium hopes for broad EU-Japan EPA deal by yearend

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said Thursday he hopes that the European Union and Japan will reach a broad accord by the end of the year on a proposed economic partnership agreement (EPA) for free trade. Political will is needed for progress in the ...

Indonesia's Jokowi may visit Japan soon

Mar 2, 2015

Indonesia's Jokowi may visit Japan soon

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, may visit Japan as part of a trip that will also take him to Singapore and China, senior Indonesian officials and a diplomatic source said over the weekend. No final decision has been made, but it ...

Jan 13, 2015

Japan-Australia EPA takes effect Thursday

An economic partnership agreement between Tokyo and Canberra will take effect Thursday, with Australia becoming the first major farm produce exporter to have an EPA with Japan. It is Japan’s 14th EPA. Under the agreement, Japan will lower its tariff rates on Australian beef ...

Nov 12, 2014

Iceland eager to reach free trade agreement with Japan

Iceland Foreign Minister Gunnar Sveinsson said his country is eager to reach a free trade agreement with Japan, calling on Tokyo to take “new steps” in this direction. “We have been doing business and trade for a long time” with Japan, Sveinsson said in ...

Imports of Chilean wine surge in Japan

Jul 23, 2014

Imports of Chilean wine surge in Japan

Imports of bottled wine from Chile are surging, thanks in part to a bilateral economic partnership agreement that has lowered the import tariff. Chilean wine was second in annual imports in Japan in 2013 on a country-by-country basis, beating Italian wine. This year, Chilean ...

Restaurateurs, beef and wine vendors hail Australia tariffs deal

Jul 9, 2014

Restaurateurs, beef and wine vendors hail Australia tariffs deal

Japanese restaurant operators, butchers and wine merchants are welcoming the economic partnership agreement signed with Australia on Tuesday, predicting lower prices for imported foodstuffs such as beef and booze. “We may use more Australian beef if tariffs fall,” said an official at Zensho Holdings ...