Dec 12, 2014

FTA talks stall over European access to gas, electricity markets

Japan and the European Union struggled to bridge gaps over the opening up of Japan’s electricity and gas markets, one of Europe’s key interests, during a round of free-trade talks that ended Friday. The 28-country bloc has called for more transparency in procurement procedures ...

Dec 8, 2014

Japan, EU kick off eighth round of EPA talks

Japan and the European Union on Monday began five days of talks aimed at wrapping up an economic partnership agreement. Negotiators are expected to discuss issues including goods trade liberalization and the easing of nontariff trade barriers during the Tokyo talks, the eighth of ...

Dec 1, 2014

Japan, Turkey open trade talks in Tokyo

Japan and Turkey began their first round of negotiations Monday for a bilateral free trade agreement, aiming to further strengthen economic cooperation. The meeting, to be held over two days in Tokyo, follows an agreement reached in January between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and ...

Nov 12, 2014

Iceland eager to reach free trade agreement with Japan

Iceland Foreign Minister Gunnar Sveinsson said his country is eager to reach a free trade agreement with Japan, calling on Tokyo to take “new steps” in this direction. “We have been doing business and trade for a long time” with Japan, Sveinsson said in ...

Oct 31, 2014

No prospect for TPP breakthrough at APEC: U.S.

U.S. trade chief Michael Froman said Thursday there is no prospect of clinching an agreement on a contentious Pacific free trade initiative at the upcoming summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. “We do not expect to have a final agreement on TPP at ...

U.S., Australia assure momentum building on TPP trade deal

Oct 26, 2014

U.S., Australia assure momentum building on TPP trade deal

Momentum is building toward a pan-Pacific trade agreement, representatives of Australia and the United States said Saturday as talks between trade ministers began in Sydney. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would encompass 40 percent of the global economy and include 12 nations, has been the ...

Canada ratifies China deal that may help smooth relations

Sep 13, 2014

Canada ratifies China deal that may help smooth relations

Canada has finally ratified a foreign investment protection agreement with China after a two-year delay, a step that may help ease tensions between the two countries and smooth the way for a possible visit to China by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. International Trade Minister ...

Sep 9, 2014

Australia urges Japan to further lower beef tariffs in TPP

Australia is urging Japan to further lower its tariffs on beef under the Trans-Pacific Partnership after Tokyo agreed to substantially cut them under a two-way free trade deal struck in April, negotiation sources said Tuesday. Australia, which became the first major farming country to ...

Aug 29, 2014

Japan, U.S. trade chief might hold TPP powwow in September: Amari

Tokyo and Washington could hold a ministerial meeting in September to reach agreement on contentious bilateral issues related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the minister in charge of the trade initiative said Friday. Akira Amari said he thinks there is a possibility he will meet ...

Aug 18, 2014

TPP meeting scheduled in Hanoi next month

The 12 nations involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative will hold a working-level meeting in Hanoi next month, Japanese government officials said Monday. The chief negotiators of the 12 TPP member economies are also expected to meet for 10 days of negotiations ...