Feb 8, 2017

Australia striving for 'TPP minus 1' after Trump withdraws

Australia will push the case for a Pacific trade deal without the U.S. at a meeting with other potential members in Chile next month, Trade Minister Steven Ciobo said. The Trans-Pacific Partnership remains “absolutely” relevant without the U.S. and the text of the accord ...

Nov 15, 2016

Abe warns TPP impasse would shift focus to China-inclusive trade pact

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that roadblocks to implementation of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could shift attention to another envisioned regional free trade pact that includes China, but not the United States. “There’s no doubt that there would be a pivot to ...

Sep 29, 2016

EU wants swifter progress on economic partnership with Japan

Trade minister Hiroshige Seko has received a letter from a senior European Commission official urging prompt conclusion of an economic partnership agreement, Jiji Press learned Wednesday. “We all have to do our utmost to find a breakthrough so that we can conclude an agreement ...

Jul 15, 2016

Abe, top EU officials agree to accelerate free trade talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the European Union’s top officials agreed Friday to accelerate negotiations for a free trade deal to reach a broad agreement as soon as possible this year, a Japanese official said. In their talks, Abe and Donald Tusk, president of ...

Japan, Mongolia agree to boost economic ties

Jul 14, 2016

Japan, Mongolia agree to boost economic ties

The top leaders of Japan and Mongolia agreed Thursday to boost economic ties by taking full advantage of a new bilateral trade deal. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj held talks on the eve of a biennial summit of Asian and ...