| May 21, 2014

TPP talks progress, no completion


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 ...

May 19, 2014

Abe vows to set up new groups to rev up farm exports

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to set up new organizations in an attempt to bolster exports of farm products, with an eye toward the establishment of a U.S.-led Pacific free trade pact. Abe also said at a meeting of the Industrial Competitiveness Council ...

Apr 2, 2014

Abe, Obama aiming for TPP deal by month-end

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed last week to aim at reaching a broad accord in talks related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations by the time the two leaders meet in late April, sources said Wednesday. They ...

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,” ...

Kyushu farmers join forces for Hong Kong fair

Feb 25, 2014

Kyushu farmers join forces for Hong Kong fair

Producers of agricultural and fishery goods in the seven prefectures of Kyushu on Wednesday and Thursday are jointly holding their first export promotion event in Hong Kong to promote a regional brand in place of lesser known local names for their wide-ranging commodities. About ...

Nov 22, 2013

10-year tariff cut offered; 'sacred' items excluded

Japan has proposed to lift tariffs on all items aside from its five “sacred” farm products within 10 years, according to sources involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks. By suggesting a relatively short moratorium period, the government is apparently trying to take a ...

Oct 30, 2008

Internet can save people

Regarding Jun Numayama’s Oct. 19 letter, “Internet crisis of communication”: Numayama says the Internet worsens young people’s ability to communicate, and that this is connected with loneliness in real life and suicide. I disagree. I think the Internet is saving young people. Japanese people ...