Feb 28, 2015

U.S. business leader envisions TPP deal before June

A senior official of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Friday she expects the 12 countries negotiating a Pacific free trade initiative to strike a deal “before June.” Tami Overby, the chamber’s senior vice president for Asia, told an event that if Congress enacts ...

Feb 21, 2015

U.S. confirms TPP negotiators will meet in Hawaii next month

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative confirmed Friday that chief negotiators from 12 nations will gather in Hawaii from March 9 to 15 to seek the early conclusion of a Pacific free trade initiative. The negotiators from the United States and 11 other ...

Feb 17, 2015

Tariffs, other hurdles still remain in TPP talks, government official says

Japan and the United States remain divided over tariffs and issues such as intellectual property rights in their negotiations on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to a Japanese government official. Kazuhisa Shibuya, a councilor at the Cabinet Secretariat and member of the government’s task ...

Japan, U.S. resume working-level TPP talks

Feb 3, 2015

Japan, U.S. resume working-level TPP talks

Japan and the United States on Monday resumed working-level talks on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, aiming to resolve bilateral disagreements on the scope of tariff reduction on farm products and autos, informed sources said. In discussions on agricultural trade, set to continue until Wednesday, ...

Jan 13, 2015

Japan-Australia EPA takes effect Thursday

An economic partnership agreement between Tokyo and Canberra will take effect Thursday, with Australia becoming the first major farm produce exporter to have an EPA with Japan. It is Japan’s 14th EPA. Under the agreement, Japan will lower its tariff rates on Australian beef ...

TPP success key to clinching other free trade deals

Jan 6, 2015

TPP success key to clinching other free trade deals

Although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to clinch large-scale free trade agreements with a range of countries to help spur economic growth, negotiations have stalled over the extent of trade liberalization those countries expect. Abe hopes to leverage anticipated progress in talks on the ...

Dec 8, 2014

Japan, EU kick off eighth round of EPA talks

Japan and the European Union on Monday began five days of talks aimed at wrapping up an economic partnership agreement. Negotiators are expected to discuss issues including goods trade liberalization and the easing of nontariff trade barriers during the Tokyo talks, the eighth of ...

Dec 4, 2014

'Blackmail' economic model

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Remember the "Cry for Argentina" catch-call among rationalists decrying government intervention in the economy. Now it is "Cry for Australia" and the dozens of other nations crucified on the cross of unrestricted free trade.