Feb 18, 2017

Japan, EU agree to push bilateral trade deal

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday that he and European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom had confirmed their resolve to swiftly conclude free trade negotiations between the two economies. “We reaffirmed that it is extremely important (to reach) a broad agreement … as soon ...

Jul 15, 2016

Abe, top EU officials agree to accelerate free trade talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the European Union’s top officials agreed Friday to accelerate negotiations for a free trade deal to reach a broad agreement as soon as possible this year, a Japanese official said. In their talks, Abe and Donald Tusk, president of ...

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, ...

Mar 5, 2016

EU may downgrade summit with Japan as trade talks stall

The annual high-level conference between Japan and the European Union could be downgraded to an informal dialogue, as the bloc is frustrated at the slow progress of free-trade talks between the two sides, sources close to the matter said Saturday. The 28-nation union has ...