Oct 25, 2013

Rice subsidies for big players only?

The Abe administration and ruling bloc are planning to make large-scale farms the only recipients of rice subsidies as a way to improve the efficiency of the agricultural sector ahead of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, officials said Friday. They are considering using rice acreage as ...

Oct 22, 2013

Next big TPP meet set for Dec . 7 to 9

The 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations will hold a ministerial meeting in Singapore between Dec. 7 and 9 with the aim of concluding a deal by year’s end, official sources said. It will be the stage for the countries ...

Oct 22, 2013

U.S. talks target cars, nontariff steps

Autos and nontariff measures were on the agenda Monday at the start of the third round of trade negotiations in Washington between Japan and the United States, held in parallel with the 12-member Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations. Among the participants at the three-day ...

Oct 18, 2013

Japan, U.S. to hold third TPP-linked talks on autos, trade barriers

Japan and the United States will hold their third round of bilateral trade negotiations next week in Washington on auto trade-related issues and nontariff measures, the government said Friday. The three-day talks from Monday, in parallel with the 12-member Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, ...

Oct 18, 2013

Japan mulls expanding TPP tariff exceptions

Japan is planning to expand the scope of the foreign farm products it wants to continue imposing tariffs on under the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, sources said. The Liberal Democratic Party-leg government has been seeking to protect the Japanese agriculture industry by making ...

Oct 17, 2013

'Sanctuary' safe in TPP talks, Abe assures the Diet

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe again pledged Thursday to fight for Japan’s trading interests, despite the prospect of having to eliminate tariffs on certain agricultural products it’s attempting to protect in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks. The government is still pursuing the nation’s interests in the ...

Abe wants Japan to play leading role in TPP deal

Oct 11, 2013

Abe wants Japan to play leading role in TPP deal

Japan should play a leading role in the Trans-Pacific trade talks and toward the goal of striking a deal by the end of the year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday. “Joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations is a far-sighted policy. Japan should play a ...

Oct 7, 2013

TPP members mull 30-year tariff phaseout

Members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are considering a plan to phase out import tariffs over a maximum period of 30 years, negotiation sources said Monday. The plan could make it easier for the countries negotiating the free trade deal to reach an agreement ...