Feb 21, 2014

Shapiro: Obama-Abe summit key

The upcoming Japan-U.S. summit will be a key opportunity for concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, former senior U.S. trade official Ira Shapiro has suggested. A bilateral agreement between Japan and the United States will be a “trigger” for a broader agreement, Shapiro ...

Feb 21, 2014

Stage set for TPP ministerial meeting

The chief trade negotiators from the 12 Pacific Rim countries drafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade accord will end their working-level talks Friday in Singapore, setting the stage for a crucial ministerial gathering this weekend. After missing their goal of sealing the pact last ...

Dec 13, 2013

TPP ministers eye meeting in London in late January: sources

Trade ministers from 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal plan to meet in London in late January, now that negotiations are unlikely to conclude by the end of this year, sources said Friday. The meeting has been tentatively set for around ...

Dec 10, 2013

Yearend TPP deal not going to happen

Ministers from the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations wrap up a four-day meeting without a full agreement but say they made "substantial progress" toward hammering out a final deal.

Hurdles remain in final mile of TPP talks

Dec 8, 2013

Hurdles remain in final mile of TPP talks

Japan and the United States still need to bridge gaps on controversial issues in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, a Japanese senior vice minister said after meeting with the U.S. trade representative on Sunday. On the sidelines of the 12-country TPP meeting ...

Dec 1, 2013

Japan can't make further concessions to U.S. in TPP talks: minister

The minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations said Sunday that Tokyo can make no more concessions to Washington on sensitive issues after a Japan-U.S. meeting ended without progress. “We had a very tense discussion on outstanding issues, but we reached ...

Nov 28, 2013

Amari, Froman to discuss TPP pact next week

Economy minister Akira Amari and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman are likely to meet in Tokyo early next week to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, sources said. The two governments are in the final stages of arranging the meeting, the sources said Wednesday. ...

Nov 25, 2013

TPP chiefs ready for Singapore meeting

by Kakumi Kobayashi

Chief negotiators from the 12 countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations set the stage Sunday for next month’s ministerial meeting, ending their talks aimed at sifting through as many thorny issues as possible. Details of the talks are not yet clear but negotiators ...

Nov 22, 2013

10-year tariff cut offered; 'sacred' items excluded

Japan has proposed to lift tariffs on all items aside from its five “sacred” farm products within 10 years, according to sources involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks. By suggesting a relatively short moratorium period, the government is apparently trying to take a ...

Nov 16, 2013

10 TPP members urge Japan to abolish all tariffs

All other countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations except the United States are urging Japan to abolish tariffs on all products, including rice, sources said Friday. Although Tokyo has rejected eliminating tariffs on the key farm products of rice, wheat, beef, ...