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 ...

Japan, U.S. tiptoe into new phase of Pacific trade talks

Apr 26, 2014

Japan, U.S. tiptoe into new phase of Pacific trade talks

The United States and Japan are edging into a new phase of trade negotiations following the fruitless summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, people with knowledge of talks to create one of the world’s biggest trade pacts said. Talks ...

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

| Apr 25, 2014

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

by Reiji Yoshida

For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Thursday’s summit with U.S. President Barack Obama should have been a big moment to trumpet the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance, which he claimed has greatly improved after relations soured under the Democratic Party of Japan-led administration that preceded ...

Apr 25, 2014

U.S.-Japan impasse stalling TPP: Chile

The United States-Japan stalemate on farm and auto markets in the ongoing Pacific trade talks is locking all of the participants in a “waiting game,” Chile’s head of international economic relations said Thursday. Chile, along with nine other countries involved in talks on the ...