May 28, 2015

Miyazawa, EU's Malmstrom agree to speed up EPA talks for deal before 2016

Trade minister Yoichi Miyazawa and visiting European Union official Cecilia Malmstrom agreed Wednesday to further accelerate free trade negotiations on concluding a Japan-EU economic partnership agreement. At a meeting over dinner in Tokyo, Miyazawa told Malmstrom, European commissioner for trade, that Japan remains committed ...

May 27, 2015

TPP meeting ends without setting date for ministerial session

Chief negotiators from countries involved in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative wrapped up their latest round of negotiations in Guam on Wednesday, without setting a date for a ministerial meeting to reach a broad agreement. The 12 countries in the negotiations have ...

May 21, 2015

TPP nations to give up on Guam ministerial meeting as TPA pends

The 12 countries engaged in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks have given up on holding a ministerial meeting in Guam, informed sources said. They dropped the plan for the meeting on the broad free trade accord because it is uncertain whether the U.S. Congress ...

May 19, 2015

Strike TPP deal as soon as possible, former U.S trade rep says

The Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations are important for both the United States and Japan, and an early conclusion is desirable for the 12-country talks, former U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor said in a recent interview. “It is in both countries’ interest that the ...

May 16, 2015

Chief negotiators resume TPP talks in Guam

Chief negotiators from 12 countries resumed talks Saturday in Guam on a U.S.-led Pacific free trade initiative, and will seek to narrow remaining gaps over intellectual property and other sticking points blocking a deal affecting roughly 40 percent of world trade. The prospects of ...

Trade deal helps boost sales of Aussie beef in Japan

May 13, 2015

Trade deal helps boost sales of Aussie beef in Japan

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Australia is set to strengthen its dominance over the U.S. as Japan’s biggest beef supplier as a trade deal drives shipments toward a four-year high. Imports of Australian chilled beef rose 8 percent last quarter and may reach the highest since 2011 while shipments ...

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 ...

May 1, 2015

TPP ministers expected to meet this month in Philippines

Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the vaunted Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade bloc are expected to meet in the Philippines for three days starting May 26, according to U.S. Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth Catherine Novelli told reporters on Thursday. The U.S., Japan and ...