Jul 27, 2015

Make-or-break time seen in Hawaii TPP talks

Pacific Rim officials meet in Hawaii this week for talks that could make or break an ambitious trade deal which aims to boost growth and set common standards across a dozen economies ranging from the United States to Brunei. Trade ministers go into the ...

TPP talks to resume Tuesday, perhaps for final time

Jul 26, 2015

TPP talks to resume Tuesday, perhaps for final time

Negotiators from the U.S., Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim countries could put the finishing touches on the most ambitious trade and investment deal in decades when they meet this week in Hawaii. By most accounts, TPP negotiators have narrowed their focus to a ...

TPP would raise growth, incomes in Japan,  IMF economist forecasts

Jul 24, 2015

TPP would raise growth, incomes in Japan, IMF economist forecasts

A Pacific free trade pact would give a big boost to Japan’s economic growth and individual incomes, according to an International Monetary Fund economist. “It could be annually between 0.2 to 0.3 percent (percentage point) per year as an additional impact on growth,” Luc ...

Jul 23, 2015

Japan, U.S. eye tariff 'snapbacks' in TPP auto talks

Japan and the United States are negotiating a bilateral scheme to counter vehicle trade pact violations with tariff hikes under the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, according to sources. Under the “snapback” scheme, the United States would restore tariffs on vehicle imports from ...

Jul 16, 2015

Japan proposes low-tariff quotas for butter imports under TPP

Japan has proposed setting low-tariff quotas for imports of butter and skim milk powder under terms being thrashed out for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, negotiation sources said Thursday. The proposal was made in response to strong calls from other members of the 12-nation TPP initiative, ...