Japan, Australia OK free trade, defense deals

Jul 8, 2014

Japan, Australia OK free trade, defense deals

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart, Tony Abbott, signed bilateral accords to boost free trade and cooperation on defense equipment and technology research and development, during summit talks in the Australian capital Tuesday. On the second leg of his three-nation tour of ...

Japan, U.S. resume bilateral TPP talks before Ottawa meeting

Jun 30, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume bilateral TPP talks before Ottawa meeting

Talks with the United States aimed at narrowing remaining differences over a Pacific free trade pact resumed Monday in Tokyo. Officials from all 12 negotiating members are gathering in Canada later this week. The two biggest economies in the Trans-Pacific Partnership framework will discuss ...

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 ...

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 ...