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 ...

Abe, Abbott reach FTA agreement

Apr 7, 2014

Abe, Abbott reach FTA agreement

by Mizuho Aoki and Reiji Yoshida

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott agreed on a free trade pact Monday in Tokyo, ending seven years of negotiations. “Today’s general agreement has a historic significance for the two nation’s efforts to establish closer ties,” Abe said during a ...

Apr 6, 2014

Bumpy road ahead to Aussie FTA

Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said substantive issues remained in trade negotiations with Japan as the two nations rushed to conclude a free trade agreement before their prime ministers meet on Monday. “We made progress. There are still a couple of substantial issues we ...

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 ...

S. Korea, Canada wrap up free trade deal

Mar 11, 2014

S. Korea, Canada wrap up free trade deal

South Korea and Canada concluded a free trade agreement Tuesday, wrapping up a negotiating process that began nine years ago and focused on barriers in the auto and agriculture sectors. The South’s trade ministry said the FTA will be signed as early as June ...

Mar 4, 2014

Japan, Denmark eye cooperation on maritime security, FTA

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Danish counterpart Helle Thorning-Schmidt agreed Tuesday to strengthen bilateral cooperation on maritime security and pledged to seek the early conclusion of a free trade agreement between Japan and the European Union. Abe explained Japan’s policy to make contributions ...

Feb 25, 2014

Australia looks to conclude FTA with Japan in April

Australia’s trade minister said he’s ready to strike a free trade deal with Japan in April when Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to visit Tokyo, according to a Liberal Democratic Party member active in trade matters. Koya Nishikawa and Trade and Investment Minister ...

Nov 26, 2013

FTA talks with Seoul, Beijing start

Japan, China and South Korea began their third round of free trade talks in Tokyo on Tuesday, with a wide range of areas such as intellectual property and goods and services on the agenda. While the talks come as Tokyo’s relations with Beijing and ...