Jul 8, 2014

Progress made on labor rights issues at Ottawa TPP meeting

Officials from the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have made significant progress on the issue of establishing rules for labor rights protection at their ongoing meeting in the Canadian capital, a Japanese official said. Under the TPP initiative, the 12 countries are ...

Abe, New Zealand's Key unite on TPP, defense ties

Jul 7, 2014

Abe, New Zealand's Key unite on TPP, defense ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and New Zealand counterpart John Key agreed Monday to work on concluding the Trans-Pacific free trade talks as soon as possible and to improve defense cooperation as Japan sheds its pacifist stance and seeks a more active security role. During ...

Farmers fattening pigs with recycled food

Jul 4, 2014

Farmers fattening pigs with recycled food

by Aya Takada

Japan burns or buries 3.3 million tons of commercial food waste every year. Then it imports 10 million tons of corn to feed animals, more than any other country. Asako Nagano and her colleagues at the agriculture ministry in Tokyo are part of a ...

Jul 4, 2014

TPP officials set to begin working-level meeting in Ottawa

Officials from 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative are set to begin an unusually long bout of negotiations in the Canadian capital on Thursday. The 10-day meeting in Ottawa comes after U.S. President Barack Obama said he hoped the countries ...

Japan, U.S. resume bilateral TPP talks before Ottawa meeting

Jun 30, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume bilateral TPP talks before Ottawa meeting

Talks with the United States aimed at narrowing remaining differences over a Pacific free trade pact resumed Monday in Tokyo. Officials from all 12 negotiating members are gathering in Canada later this week. The two biggest economies in the Trans-Pacific Partnership framework will discuss ...

Jun 25, 2014

TPP negotiations to resume next week in Ottawa

Officials from the 12 countries involved in U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership talks will gather in Ottawa from July 3 to 12, aiming to fill gaps over outstanding issues, a Japanese negotiation source said Wednesday. Chief negotiators for the TPP will gather in the Canadian capital ...

Obama pushes for TPP deal by November

Jun 21, 2014

Obama pushes for TPP deal by November

U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday he hopes to have an agreement on framing a vast pan-Pacific trading block by the time he makes his next visit to Asia in November. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would encompass 40 percent of the global economy and include ...

Jun 10, 2014

Japan, U.S. restart trade talks on auto industry

Japanese and United States trade officials began two-day talks on Monday in Washington, as the U.S. continues to press Japan to open its auto market to greater imports. The talks aim to narrow remaining gaps ahead of a meeting by chief negotiators on the ...

Jun 5, 2014

Robb confident TPP deal will be reached next year

Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said Thursday he is confident that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be finalized next year, according to Australian Associated Press. Robb revealed that the negotiations are about 80 percent complete, with market access being the main sticking point. “It’s a ...