Sep 19, 2014

U.S. calls for Japan to buckle down on Pacific trade pact

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urged Japan on Thursday to ramp up efforts on a Pacific trade pact ahead of planned talks with his Japanese counterpart next week and a new round of negotiations in October. A standoff between the United States and Japan, ...

Aug 11, 2014

Abe to retain Aso and Amari in Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to retain Taro Aso, his deputy prime minister and finance minister, and Aki­ra Ama­ri, the economic revitalization minister, when he reshuffles the Cabinet and changes the executives of the Liberal Democratic Party in the first week of September.

Abe to cut business tax but mum on how

Jun 13, 2014

Abe to cut business tax but mum on how

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Friday to reduce the 35 percent corporate tax rate to under 30 percent in the next few years in an attempt to boost foreign investment and bolster the economy. Abe also said that his administration will secure other financial ...

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 ...

Japan, U.S. resume talks over TPP

May 19, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume talks over TPP

Japan and the United States resumed discussions over outstanding bilateral issues related to Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement Monday in Singapore, where trade ministers from the 12 negotiating members were gathering to seek further progress. The ministers, however, were not expected to announce a broad agreement ...

Nations narrowing gaps on TPP: Amari

May 13, 2014

Nations narrowing gaps on TPP: Amari

The 12 countries involved in the haggling over a Pacific free trade agreement are narrowing their differences on intellectual property rights, one of the issues blocking the conclusion of the pact, Akira Amari, minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, said Tuesday. “There ...