May 16, 2014

Outlook for TPP still uncertain, Amari warns

Whether the 12 countries involved in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks can seal the regional trade agreement next week is still unclear, Akira Amari, minister in charge of the negotiations, said Friday. Amari was speaking at a news conference after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and related ...

TPP talks head back to Singapore

May 8, 2014

TPP talks head back to Singapore

Ministerial talks on putting together the U.S-led Trans-Pacific Partnership will take place May 19 and 20 in Singapore, a top U.S. official said Wednesday. Ahead of the Singapore meeting, chief negotiators from the United States, Japan and 10 other members in the initiative will ...

Abe says OECD should promote fair international trade rules

May 6, 2014

Abe says OECD should promote fair international trade rules

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday called on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to play a key role in promoting fair international trade rules, stressing the importance of creating a new economic order based on healthy competition. Japan will accelerate efforts to ...

May 2, 2014

TPP talks to resume after Golden Week

Japan and the United States are set to resume bilateral trade liberalization talks for an envisioned Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral deal next week after the Golden Week holidays end. The two are first slated to hold working-level talks where they will work out several options ...

Apr 25, 2014

U.S.-Japan impasse stalling TPP: Chile

The United States-Japan stalemate on farm and auto markets in the ongoing Pacific trade talks is locking all of the participants in a “waiting game,” Chile’s head of international economic relations said Thursday. Chile, along with nine other countries involved in talks on the ...

Japan, U.S. still in TPP stalemate

Apr 18, 2014

Japan, U.S. still in TPP stalemate

by Kakumi Kobayashi

Japan and the United States are still “in stalemate” over key items holding up the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, Tokyo’s TPP minister, Akira Amari, said Thursday during the latest round of ministerial talks. Amari told reporters that he and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will ...

Apr 12, 2014

Japan rejects U.S. proposal to abolish auto tariffs over 30 years

The United States has proposed eliminating tariffs on imported Japanese vehicles over 30 years in bilateral talks related to a wider Pacific free trade pact, but Japan rejected it because the phaseout period is unusually long, sources close to the matter said Friday. The ...