U.S. biz lobby says Japan's TPP proposal not enough

Mar 12, 2014

U.S. biz lobby says Japan's TPP proposal not enough

The level of market access proposed by Japan does not meet the standards of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, James Fatheree, president of the U.S.-Japan Business Council, said recently. “It is clear that Japan has more work to do in order to meet the expectations,” ...

Mar 5, 2014

U.S. sets 2014 goal for signing TPP free trade pact

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has outlined a goal of concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year. “In pursuit of job-supporting trade opportunities, the administration will work to conclude negotiations of the TPP in 2014,” the office said in a document attached to ...

Singapore TPP talks fail to reach a deal

Feb 25, 2014

Singapore TPP talks fail to reach a deal

by Siti Rahil and Kayo Mimizuka

Ministers from 12 Pacific-Rim countries failed Tuesday to achieve the goal of reaching a broad agreement on an envisioned regional free trade deal due to remaining gulfs over such key outstanding issues as tariff elimination. After wrapping up their four-day meeting in Singapore, the ...

Feb 24, 2014

TPP sides may cut tariffs bilaterally

The 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks are considering letting members decide their tariff phaseout periods on a bilateral basis instead of adopting a unified rule, sources said. Such an exceptional approach on tariffs, which could enable each country to ...

Japan and U.S. remain apart on farm tariffs

Feb 24, 2014

Japan and U.S. remain apart on farm tariffs

Japan and the U.S. have failed to narrow their differences on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Akira Amari said Monday. Ahead of the start of the third day of TPP ministerial talks, Amari, Japan’s point man for the trade pact, said he had “a strong sense ...

Feb 21, 2014

Shapiro: Obama-Abe summit key

The upcoming Japan-U.S. summit will be a key opportunity for concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, former senior U.S. trade official Ira Shapiro has suggested. A bilateral agreement between Japan and the United States will be a “trigger” for a broader agreement, Shapiro ...

Feb 21, 2014

Stage set for TPP ministerial meeting

The chief trade negotiators from the 12 Pacific Rim countries drafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade accord will end their working-level talks Friday in Singapore, setting the stage for a crucial ministerial gathering this weekend. After missing their goal of sealing the pact last ...

Feb 19, 2014

Japan to offer tariff reduction for U.S. beef in TPP talks

Japan is expected to offer reducing tariffs on beef imported from the United States in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, according to highly placed sources. The Abe administration has been reluctant to cut tariffs on key farm products, including beef and pork, but ...

TPP trade chiefs resume talks in Singapore

Feb 17, 2014

TPP trade chiefs resume talks in Singapore

Chief negotiators from the 12 Pacific Rim countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks began discussions Monday in Singapore before a full ministerial meeting later this week where tough political decisions will come to the fore. At the working-level meeting through Friday, top ...