Jul 27, 2015

Make-or-break time seen in Hawaii TPP talks

Pacific Rim officials meet in Hawaii this week for talks that could make or break an ambitious trade deal which aims to boost growth and set common standards across a dozen economies ranging from the United States to Brunei. Trade ministers go into the ...

Apr 14, 2015

Japan won't cave in on TPP at summit, minister says

A Japan-U.S. summit planned for late April should not be seen as a deadline for reaching a bilateral deal seen as vital to concluding a 12-country Pacific free trade pact, economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari said Tuesday. Japan and the United States, ...

Nov 7, 2014

Abe skeptical about Obama's future influence on TPP talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is concerned about whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact talks will be finalized while U.S. President Barack Obama can wield influence, TPP minister Akira Amari indicated Thursday. “The prime minister is concerned” about how the negotiations will proceed following a ...

Oct 3, 2014

Froman urges concessions by Japan to reach TPP deal

U.S. trade chief Michael Froman urged Japan on Thursday to make more concessions in thorny bilateral issues over a 12-country Pacific free trade initiative to break the current deadlock over the plenary negotiations. Froman, the U.S. trade representative, said in a lecture in Washington ...

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, ...

Aug 11, 2014

Abe to retain Aso and Amari in Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to retain Taro Aso, his deputy prime minister and finance minister, and Aki­ra Ama­ri, the economic revitalization minister, when he reshuffles the Cabinet and changes the executives of the Liberal Democratic Party in the first week of September.