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 ...

Australia targets FTAs with top East Asia economies

Oct 3, 2013

Australia targets FTAs with top East Asia economies

Australia wants to sign free trade agreements with Japan, China and South Korea during the first term of new Prime Minister Tony Abbott, trade minister Andrew Robb said in an interview with The Australian. “I don’t want to set an absolute time on it ...

Sep 24, 2013

Motegi, French ministers agree to push EU trade talks

Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi has agreed with France’s industrial and trade ministers to promote free trade negotiations between Japan and the European Union. The accord was reached Monday in Paris during talks Motegi held separately with Arnaud Montebourg, French minister ...

Sep 24, 2013

China free trade zone 'to allow banned websites'

In a rare exception to strict Internet controls, a Hong Kong newspaper reported Tuesday that China’s first free trade zone will allow access to Facebook, Twitter and other websites that are currently banned nationwide. The Shanghai free trade zone, approved in August to boost ...

Aug 25, 2013

TPP talks stirred up by decade-plus tariff phaseouts

Some of the countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations are proposing phaseout periods of over 10 years for certain tariffs, negotiation sources said Sunday. Such proposals could influence Japan’s stance as it seeks to keep tariffs in place on key farm products. ...

Aug 25, 2013

TPP stakeholders' next summit likely in October in Bali

Leaders of the 12 countries participating in Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations are expected to hold a summit on Oct. 8, a source involved in the talks said. The summit, to take place on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum leaders’ meeting ...

Aug 19, 2013

Ministers meet to strike 16-nation free trade deal

Sixteen Asia-Pacific nations, including Japan and China, were Monday set to begin their first ministerial-level negotiations toward the creation of one of the world’s largest free trade blocs. At the meeting in Brunei, ministers of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian ...

Jul 9, 2013

Top negotiators to update Japan on TPP talks

Top negotiators from the 11 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership will spend a full day explaining the current status of the talks to Japan when it joins them in Malaysia this month, government sources said Tuesday. The 18th round of TPP talks will ...

Jul 3, 2013

Japan-EU trade talks end in Tokyo; nontariff barriers discussed

Japan and the European Union ended their second round of free-trade negotiations Wednesday in Tokyo, having discussed the elimination of nontariff trade barriers and setting the stage for starting talks on specific articles of the envisioned pact. During the round that began June 24, ...