Jun 5, 2014

Robb confident TPP deal will be reached next year

Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said Thursday he is confident that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be finalized next year, according to Australian Associated Press. Robb revealed that the negotiations are about 80 percent complete, with market access being the main sticking point. “It’s a ...

May 29, 2014

U.S. farming lobby warns Japan on TPP

U.S. farm groups said Wednesday Japan should be suspended from Pacific trade talks if it insists on keeping tariffs on sensitive agricultural sectors. Akira Amari, a Cabinet minister in charge of the talks, told Trans-Pacific Partnership trading partners at talks in Singapore last week ...

May 28, 2014

Japan ready to lower pork tariffs for TPP

Japan will review the tariffs it imposes on pork imported from the United States, agreeing to the potentially greater imports Washington has been calling for in bilateral talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to sources close to the matter. Japan will likely reduce tariffs ...

May 23, 2014

TPP members to tackle tariffs in small group talks

The 12 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks will begin small-group discussions to accelerate trade talks on tariff issues, negotiation sources said Thursday. Countries seeking to protect tariffs on some sensitive farm products, such as Canada, Japan and the United States, will likely begin ...

| May 21, 2014

TPP talks progress, no completion

by Kayo Mimizuka

A broad Pacific trade accord appears nowhere in sight after ministers from 12 countries failed to specify a timeline for striking a deal, despite the efforts of Japan and the United States to inject impetus by highlighting the progress they made on tariffs in ...

TPP ministers fail to set timeline for striking deal

May 20, 2014

TPP ministers fail to set timeline for striking deal

Ministers from the 12 countries trying to hammer out the Trans-Pacific Partnership fell short of setting a clear timeline for ending the negotiations as they wrapped up a two-day meeting Tuesday in Singapore, although they stressed that progress was made on tariff issues. “We ...

Japan, U.S. resume talks over TPP

May 19, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume talks over TPP

Japan and the United States resumed discussions over outstanding bilateral issues related to Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement Monday in Singapore, where trade ministers from the 12 negotiating members were gathering to seek further progress. The ministers, however, were not expected to announce a broad agreement ...

May 17, 2014

Why Kansai's corporate captains are trumpeting TPP

by Eric Johnston

Several years ago, at the Kansai Economic Seminar, an annual snoozefest of pompous platitudes and pretentious, paternalistic pontificating by the old men who run Kansai’s major corporations, one senior leader called for entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Reflecting the conventional wisdom on PowerPoint slides, ...

May 16, 2014

Outlook for TPP still uncertain, Amari warns

Whether the 12 countries involved in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks can seal the regional trade agreement next week is still unclear, Akira Amari, minister in charge of the negotiations, said Friday. Amari was speaking at a news conference after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and related ...

Nations narrowing gaps on TPP: Amari

May 13, 2014

Nations narrowing gaps on TPP: Amari

The 12 countries involved in the haggling over a Pacific free trade agreement are narrowing their differences on intellectual property rights, one of the issues blocking the conclusion of the pact, Akira Amari, minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, said Tuesday. “There ...