May 1, 2015

TPP ministers expected to meet this month in Philippines

Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the vaunted Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade bloc are expected to meet in the Philippines for three days starting May 26, according to U.S. Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth Catherine Novelli told reporters on Thursday. The U.S., Japan and ...

Apr 30, 2015

Full text of Abe's speech before U.S. Congress

Following is a full text of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s speech at the U.S. Congress on Wednesday. “Toward an Alliance of Hope” — Address to a Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, distinguished members ...

Apr 27, 2015

12-country TPP talks end without a breakthrough

Chief negotiators from 12 countries aiming to forge a Pacific free trade initiative finished four days of talks on Sunday, a Japanese official said, apparently without making major progress. The trade officials from the United States, Japan and 10 other countries gathered in a ...

No trade breakthrough likely during Abe's U.S. visit: White House

Apr 25, 2015

No trade breakthrough likely during Abe's U.S. visit: White House

The White House on Friday dashed hopes of a breakthrough on U.S.-Japan trade when President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Washington next week, further delaying a major 12-nation Pacific trade pact. “We’re not there yet,” said Caroline Atkinson, Obama’s deputy ...