Japan, EU leaders aim for economic accord in July

Jun 8, 2017

Japan, EU leaders aim for economic accord in July

Japan and the European Union are looking to hold a summit in Brussels in July with the aim of reaching a broad accord for an economic partnership, sources said. The meeting of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council ...

TPP chief negotiators to meet in Japan in mid-July

May 30, 2017

TPP chief negotiators to meet in Japan in mid-July

The chief negotiators of 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries plan to meet on or around July 11 in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, to discuss the future of the free trade deal without the United States, according to a source close to the matter. The planned meeting ...

Japan, New Zealand leaders affirm commitment to future of TPP

May 17, 2017

Japan, New Zealand leaders affirm commitment to future of TPP

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his New Zealand counterpart Bill English reiterated Wednesday in Tokyo their commitment to bringing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact into force soon despite the withdrawal of its biggest signatory economy, the United States. According to a joint press release, ...

May 11, 2017

New Zealand ratifies TPP despite U.S. withdrawal

New Zealand formally ratified the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal Thursday, becoming the second signatory country to do so after Japan, and just days ahead of Prime Minister Bill English’s visit to Japan to promote trade and economic ties. Trade Minister Todd McClay welcomed the ...

New negotiator to head Japan's FTA talks with EU next week

Mar 30, 2017

New negotiator to head Japan's FTA talks with EU next week

Japan and the European Union will hold working-level talks on a bilateral free trade agreement from April 3 to 5, with Tokyo’s contingent headed by a new chief negotiator, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. The latest round of talks in the capital comes after ...