Feb 2, 2016

Cabinet gives formal blessing to signing of TPP on Thursday

A Cabinet meeting Tuesday saw the government formally decide to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact — putting an end to years of wrangling and heartache over the agreement. A signing ceremony in Auckland on Thursday will see Japan, the United States and ...

Feb 1, 2016

Economists offer support in analyzing effects of TPP

A group of renowned economists has started offering support for accurately analyzing the effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade pact. The Global EPAs Research Consortium, including experts from the World Trade Organization, will provide Japan, the United States and 10 other TPP ...

The future of rice farming in Japan

Jan 29, 2016

The future of rice farming in Japan


Rice has been at the center of Japan’s economy and culture for centuries. But changes are afoot. There is growing concern among Japanese farmers that the country’s rice-producing capabilities are diminishing in the face of international trade pacts such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In ...

Jan 28, 2016

Amari to respond to graft allegations

Japan’s economy minister, Akira Amari, plans to deny allegations that he received cash for favors when he holds a press conference Thursday afternoon, sources said Wednesday. With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe making it clear Wednesday that he wants Amari to continue serving in his ...

Jan 25, 2016

TPP will raise U.S. annual income by $131 billion, study shows

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will raise U.S. incomes by a total of $131 billion annually after 2030, and a one-year delay in its implementation would cost $77 billion in lost income, according to a think tank study. The Peterson Institute for International Economics ...

Protesters hit the streets to oppose Malaysia signing TPP

Jan 23, 2016

Protesters hit the streets to oppose Malaysia signing TPP

Thousands of Malaysians protested against plans to join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Saturday, just days before parliament is due to open a debate on the free trade pact. Many of the demonstrators congregated in central Kuala Lumpur were from the opposition Parti ...