Jan 19, 2016

Japan to promote convenience stores abroad under TPP deal

Japanese authorities will help convenience store operators and other retailers tap into overseas markets under a newly agreed Pacific free trade pact, participants of a government-business council meeting said Monday. The Trans-Pacific Partnership accord will deregulate rules in the convenience store business in some ...

Jan 18, 2016

Abe congratulates Tsai on election as Taiwan's president

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday congratulated independence-leaning Tsai Ing-wen for her election as president of Taiwan. “I would like to express congratulations from the bottom of my heart. I’m hoping that the cooperative relationship between Japan and Taiwan will advance further,” Abe told ...

Jan 15, 2016

World Bank says Japan will enjoy 23% export boost from TPP

A Pacific Rim free trade initiative would give a double-digit boost to exports from Vietnam, Japan and Malaysia by 2030, according to a recent estimate by the World Bank. It expects the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership deal to increase exports from Vietnam by 30.1 percent, ...

Jan 11, 2016

Abe goes home to meet with supporters

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went home Monday to Yamaguchi Prefecture to whip up support from his base, telling them he plans to win the Upper House election this summer and underscored the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “In order to achieve results, we need ...

Dec 29, 2015

TPP nations arranging to sign free-trade deal in early February

Japan, the United States and 10 other nations that reached a broad agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact in October are arranging to sign the deal in early February, an official from one of the nations has said. Following the broad agreement after ...

Dec 24, 2015

Japan's GDP to rise by 2.59% under TPP, government says

The government said Thursday it expects the recently sealed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact to boost gross domestic product by ¥13.6 trillion or 2.59 percent from fiscal 2014 in its first estimate since the deal was struck in October. Growth will be driven by exports ...