Japan, U.S. still in TPP stalemate

Apr 18, 2014

Japan, U.S. still in TPP stalemate

by Kakumi Kobayashi

Japan and the United States are still “in stalemate” over key items holding up the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, Tokyo’s TPP minister, Akira Amari, said Thursday during the latest round of ministerial talks. Amari told reporters that he and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will ...

Apr 12, 2014

Japan rejects U.S. proposal to abolish auto tariffs over 30 years

The United States has proposed eliminating tariffs on imported Japanese vehicles over 30 years in bilateral talks related to a wider Pacific free trade pact, but Japan rejected it because the phaseout period is unusually long, sources close to the matter said Friday. The ...

Australian FTA limits Obama's TPP options

| Apr 8, 2014

Australian FTA limits Obama's TPP options

by Eric Johnston

The Japan-Australia free trade deal that lowers or ends tariffs on Australian beef and dairy exports to Japan and on Japanese exports of machinery, consumer electronics, auto parts and food products to Australia, now puts pressure on the United States — and President Barack ...

Aussie beef industry hails EPA with Japan

Apr 8, 2014

Aussie beef industry hails EPA with Japan

The Australian beef industry welcomed Tuesday a broad accord between Japan and Australia to conclude a bilateral economic partnership agreement (EPA) for free trade. “Over the next 20 years, sales of Australian beef to Japan are expected to rise by 5.5 billion (Australian) dollars ...

Apr 7, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume working-level TPP talks

Japan and the United States resumed bilateral working-level talks on a Pacific free trade deal Monday in Tokyo, aiming to break a deadlock over Japanese tariffs on farm products that is holding the deal up. The talks between Hiroshi Oe, Japan’s deputy chief negotiator ...

U.S. presses Japan on TPP compromises

Apr 4, 2014

U.S. presses Japan on TPP compromises

by Krista Hughes

The United States pressed Japan on Thursday to open its farm and auto markets to overseas competition and said it cannot expect special treatment in a Pacific free trade pact covering one-third of global imports and exports. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told U.S. ...

Japan and Australia fail to agree on tariffs in FTA talks

Mar 26, 2014

Japan and Australia fail to agree on tariffs in FTA talks

Japan and Australia failed to reach an agreement over cutting tariffs on farm products during ministerial talks Wednesday in Tokyo and could only confirm they will continue the negotiations. After meeting with agriculture minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, his Australian counterpart Andrew Robb told reporters that ...

U.S. biz lobby says Japan's TPP proposal not enough

Mar 12, 2014

U.S. biz lobby says Japan's TPP proposal not enough

The level of market access proposed by Japan does not meet the standards of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, James Fatheree, president of the U.S.-Japan Business Council, said recently. “It is clear that Japan has more work to do in order to meet the expectations,” ...

Mar 5, 2014

U.S. sets 2014 goal for signing TPP free trade pact

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has outlined a goal of concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year. “In pursuit of job-supporting trade opportunities, the administration will work to conclude negotiations of the TPP in 2014,” the office said in a document attached to ...