May 19, 2015

Strike TPP deal as soon as possible, former U.S trade rep says

The Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations are important for both the United States and Japan, and an early conclusion is desirable for the 12-country talks, former U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor said in a recent interview. “It is in both countries’ interest that the ...

May 16, 2015

Chief negotiators resume TPP talks in Guam

Chief negotiators from 12 countries resumed talks Saturday in Guam on a U.S.-led Pacific free trade initiative, and will seek to narrow remaining gaps over intellectual property and other sticking points blocking a deal affecting roughly 40 percent of world trade. The prospects of ...

May 13, 2015

No need for haste on TPP deal

The government must resist the temptation to make concessions that won't benefit Japan in its effort to conclude TPP negotiations with the U.S.

Trade deal helps boost sales of Aussie beef in Japan

May 13, 2015

Trade deal helps boost sales of Aussie beef in Japan

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Australia is set to strengthen its dominance over the U.S. as Japan’s biggest beef supplier as a trade deal drives shipments toward a four-year high. Imports of Australian chilled beef rose 8 percent last quarter and may reach the highest since 2011 while shipments ...

Senate trade vote looms, but won't settle trade debate

| May 12, 2015

Senate trade vote looms, but won't settle trade debate

A much-anticipated Senate vote on trade will pack some suspense Tuesday, but it won’t be the final word, no matter how it turns out. Supporters of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda need 60 votes in the 100-member Senate merely to start a full-blown debate ...

Obama says TPP will be a good thing for U.S. exporters

May 9, 2015

Obama says TPP will be a good thing for U.S. exporters

President Barack Obama pressed his case for a U.S.-led Pacific free trade pact on Friday, telling an event in Oregon that a deal will help American exporters to countries such as Japan by removing tariffs and simplifying customs. Obama made his pitch for sealing ...