Apr 11, 2015

Japan, U.S. to resume working-level TPP talks Wednesday

Japan and the United States will resume working-level bilateral talks in Tokyo on Wednesday as part of Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations. During the talks, the two countries hope to reach draft agreements on the contentious areas of auto trade and farm tariffs ...

Apr 9, 2015

JA chief resigns after farm reform battle with Abe

The head of JA-Zenchu, Japan’s largest farm lobby and biggest opponent of a U.S.-led trade deal, announced his resignation a week after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet submitted a bill to the Diet to weaken its power. Akira Banzai, the chairman who was re-elected ...

TPP deal as important as new aircraft carrier: Pentagon chief

Apr 7, 2015

TPP deal as important as new aircraft carrier: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter waded into economic policy Monday, urging Congress to grant the president negotiating authority for a proposed Asia-Pacific trade deal. “Time is running out,” Carter told an audience at Arizona State University in Tempe. The U.S. and 11 other Asia-Pacific ...

Apr 3, 2015

Rules of origin TPP dispute blocking Japan-U.S. auto deal

Rules of origin for automobile parts have emerged as a key stumbling block in Japan-U.S. auto trade talks held as part of efforts to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, according to informed sources. Auto trade talks between the two countries have stalled due ...

Mar 31, 2015

U.S., Japan have 'significant gap' on auto market access

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said on Monday that “significant gaps” in the trade negotiations remain between the United States and Japan regarding access for U.S. automobiles in the Japanese market. “Japan has zero tariffs on autos and trucks, and yet access ...

Abe vows not to concede ground on TPP talks ahead of U.S. trip

Mar 27, 2015

Abe vows not to concede ground on TPP talks ahead of U.S. trip

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that Japan won’t make any easy concessions just to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks before he meets with U.S. President Barack Obama on April 28. The TPP negotiations are “in the final phase, but problems remain,” ...

Mar 27, 2015

Some TPP nations seek exemption from investor-state lawsuit rule: WikiLeaks

Some of the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact demanded they be exempted from the proposed litigation rule involving corporation and state, according to a purported negotiation text released by anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. It’s not known whether such demands remain on ...

Japan-New Zealand TPP talks making slow progress: Amari

Mar 25, 2015

Japan-New Zealand TPP talks making slow progress: Amari

Japan-New Zealand negotiations on the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative are making slower progress compared to bilateral talks with other member countries, economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari said Wednesday. Talks with New Zealand have been “significantly delayed,” Amari, Japan’s point man ...

Abe, New Zealand's Key vow TPP progress

Mar 24, 2015

Abe, New Zealand's Key vow TPP progress

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his New Zealand counterpart John Key pledged further cooperation Tuesday to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations soon. Speaking to reporters alongside Key at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, Abe said the two leaders also agreed to jointly ...