Oct 20, 2014

Business execs fret over fallout from political turbulence

Business leaders voiced concern Monday about political stability after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new trade and justice ministers stepped down within hours of each other over separate scandals. The resignations of Yuko Obuchi and Midori Matsushima come at a bad time for Abe, who ...

Abe woos business leaders in Italy ahead of ASEM summit

Oct 16, 2014

Abe woos business leaders in Italy ahead of ASEM summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday sang Japan’s praises to a group of businesspeople before the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), apparently hoping to attract overseas investment at a time when “Abenomics” appears stuck in a rut. At a meeting attended by around 300 people, including ...

Tokyo pushes for TPP concessions as Japan-U.S. talks restart

Oct 10, 2014

Tokyo pushes for TPP concessions as Japan-U.S. talks restart

Japan and the United States on Friday restarted bilateral talks on sealing the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. The two countries have been trying for months to achieve a breakthrough on difficult issues, including agricultural tariffs and automobile import restrictions, ahead of a ministerial ...

Oct 6, 2014

Japan-U.S. accord still seen as key to TPP deal

An agreement between Japan and the United States is still a key element before the envisioned Trans-Pacific Partnership can become a reality, according to informed sources. Ministers from 12 TPP negotiation member states, including Japan and the United States, will gather for three days ...

Oct 3, 2014

Froman again urges Tokyo to make concessions for TPP deal

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urged Japan to make more concessions over thorny bilateral issues to break the current deadlock in a 12-nation Pacific free trade initiative. Froman said he looks forward to “bold visions at the negotiating table” on the issues of market ...

Oct 3, 2014

Froman urges concessions by Japan to reach TPP deal

U.S. trade chief Michael Froman urged Japan on Thursday to make more concessions in thorny bilateral issues over a 12-country Pacific free trade initiative to break the current deadlock over the plenary negotiations. Froman, the U.S. trade representative, said in a lecture in Washington ...

Oct 2, 2014

TPP ministerial session eyed for Oct. 25 to 27

Japan, the United States and 10 other countries taking part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are planning to hold a ministerial session Oct. 25 to 27 in Australia, according to informed sources. The ministerial session will seek breakthroughs in pending issues including tariff removal ...

Sep 21, 2014

Japan, U.S. plan agenda for ministerial TPP talks

Working-level officials of Japan and the United States held a teleconference Saturday to narrow down trade topics for a bilateral ministerial meeting next week on the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact. The trade meeting, to be held in Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday, will be attended ...