TPP ministers fail to set timeline for striking deal

May 20, 2014

TPP ministers fail to set timeline for striking deal

Ministers from the 12 countries trying to hammer out the Trans-Pacific Partnership fell short of setting a clear timeline for ending the negotiations as they wrapped up a two-day meeting Tuesday in Singapore, although they stressed that progress was made on tariff issues. “We ...

Japan, U.S. resume talks over TPP

May 19, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume talks over TPP

Japan and the United States resumed discussions over outstanding bilateral issues related to Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement Monday in Singapore, where trade ministers from the 12 negotiating members were gathering to seek further progress. The ministers, however, were not expected to announce a broad agreement ...

May 17, 2014

Why Kansai's corporate captains are trumpeting TPP

by Eric Johnston

Several years ago, at the Kansai Economic Seminar, an annual snoozefest of pompous platitudes and pretentious, paternalistic pontificating by the old men who run Kansai’s major corporations, one senior leader called for entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Reflecting the conventional wisdom on PowerPoint slides, ...

May 16, 2014

Outlook for TPP still uncertain, Amari warns

Whether the 12 countries involved in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks can seal the regional trade agreement next week is still unclear, Akira Amari, minister in charge of the negotiations, said Friday. Amari was speaking at a news conference after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and related ...

Nations narrowing gaps on TPP: Amari

May 13, 2014

Nations narrowing gaps on TPP: Amari

The 12 countries involved in the haggling over a Pacific free trade agreement are narrowing their differences on intellectual property rights, one of the issues blocking the conclusion of the pact, Akira Amari, minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, said Tuesday. “There ...

TPP talks head back to Singapore

May 8, 2014

TPP talks head back to Singapore

Ministerial talks on putting together the U.S-led Trans-Pacific Partnership will take place May 19 and 20 in Singapore, a top U.S. official said Wednesday. Ahead of the Singapore meeting, chief negotiators from the United States, Japan and 10 other members in the initiative will ...

May 2, 2014

TPP talks to resume after Golden Week

Japan and the United States are set to resume bilateral trade liberalization talks for an envisioned Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral deal next week after the Golden Week holidays end. The two are first slated to hold working-level talks where they will work out several options ...

TPP may leave Japan behind: U.S. farm chief

Apr 29, 2014

TPP may leave Japan behind: U.S. farm chief

A Pacific Rim trade agreement may have to proceed without Japan if Tokyo fails to open its agricultural markets to imports, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “It is incumbent upon us to have market access, and if the Japanese are unwilling and unable ...