Sep 30, 2016

Japan starts talks on farmer income insurance in response to TPP

The government and the ruling bloc started talks Friday on a proposed insurance program to cover possible falls in farmers’ income stemming from free trade deals. The insurance scheme is intended in particular to help cushion any impact on farmers when the Trans-Pacific Partnership ...

EU-Japan FTA deal hinges on Tokyo's political will: EU commissioner

Apr 20, 2016

EU-Japan FTA deal hinges on Tokyo's political will: EU commissioner

The European Union’s agriculture commissioner, Phil Hogan, says a successfully concluded free trade agreement this year between the 28-nation bloc and Japan will depend on the political will of the Japanese government. Hogan called for an earlier conclusion of an EU-Japan free trade pact, ...

Mar 10, 2016

Pacific trade deal cannot be renegotiated, says senior Japanese official

A senior Japanese trade negotiator said on Wednesday that it would be impossible to renegotiate a sweeping Pacific trade agreement, as some U.S. presidential candidates have proposed, without destroying it. Hiroshi Oe, Japan’s deputy chief negotiator for the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, told ...

Mar 5, 2016

EU may downgrade summit with Japan as trade talks stall

The annual high-level conference between Japan and the European Union could be downgraded to an informal dialogue, as the bloc is frustrated at the slow progress of free-trade talks between the two sides, sources close to the matter said Saturday. The 28-nation union has ...

Feb 2, 2016

Cabinet gives formal blessing to signing of TPP on Thursday

A Cabinet meeting Tuesday saw the government formally decide to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact — putting an end to years of wrangling and heartache over the agreement. A signing ceremony in Auckland on Thursday will see Japan, the United States and ...

Feb 1, 2016

Economists offer support in analyzing effects of TPP

A group of renowned economists has started offering support for accurately analyzing the effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade pact. The Global EPAs Research Consortium, including experts from the World Trade Organization, will provide Japan, the United States and 10 other TPP ...