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

by Gregory Clark

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.

Dec 1, 2014

Japan, Turkey open trade talks in Tokyo

Japan and Turkey began their first round of negotiations Monday for a bilateral free trade agreement, aiming to further strengthen economic cooperation. The meeting, to be held over two days in Tokyo, follows an agreement reached in January between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and ...

Nov 4, 2014

Japan wants APEC to discuss services free trade next year

Japan will propose full-fledged discussions between the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum on relaxing a range of barriers on services in the manufacturing and environmental sectors, informed sources said. It will present the proposal to partners during upcoming APEC meetings in ...

Oct 31, 2014

No prospect for TPP breakthrough at APEC: U.S.

U.S. trade chief Michael Froman said Thursday there is no prospect of clinching an agreement on a contentious Pacific free trade initiative at the upcoming summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. “We do not expect to have a final agreement on TPP at ...