May 19, 2016

Contentious TPP will only bring modest gains to U.S., report concludes

A contentious trade deal between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations would give the U.S. economy a modest boost, an independent federal agency reported Wednesday. The U.S. International Trade Commission said the Trans-Pacific Partnership would increase economic growth and create jobs. But ...

U.S. trade chief hoping for TPP approval despite negative rhetoric

May 18, 2016

U.S. trade chief hoping for TPP approval despite negative rhetoric

The top U.S. trade official is not losing hope for congressional approval of a sweeping pan-Pacific free trade agreement this year despite strong anti-trade rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign that may be influencing reluctant lawmakers. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters in ...

EU-Japan FTA deal hinges on Tokyo's political will: EU commissioner

Apr 20, 2016

EU-Japan FTA deal hinges on Tokyo's political will: EU commissioner

The European Union’s agriculture commissioner, Phil Hogan, says a successfully concluded free trade agreement this year between the 28-nation bloc and Japan will depend on the political will of the Japanese government. Hogan called for an earlier conclusion of an EU-Japan free trade pact, ...

Apr 19, 2016

After quakes, Japan is expected to delay TPP approval

The Diet is expected to defer ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact until after the current legislative session, as the government is giving top priority to responding to the powerful earthquakes in Kyushu.

Japan Diet panel resumes debates on TPP

Apr 18, 2016

Japan Diet panel resumes debates on TPP

A House of Representatives special committee on Monday resumed deliberations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal and relevant bills for the first time in 10 days. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other ministers attended the debates at the Lower House committee on the ...

Kerry defends TPP, hints candidates playing to Americans' trade fears

Apr 13, 2016

Kerry defends TPP, hints candidates playing to Americans' trade fears

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended a 12-nation Pacific trade agreement on Tuesday against what he suggested was fear-mongering by the leading U.S. presidential candidates. Without mentioning Donald Trump by name, Kerry argued that the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that the Obama administration negotiated ...