Mar 10, 2016

Pacific trade deal cannot be renegotiated, says senior Japanese official

A senior Japanese trade negotiator said on Wednesday that it would be impossible to renegotiate a sweeping Pacific trade agreement, as some U.S. presidential candidates have proposed, without destroying it. Hiroshi Oe, Japan’s deputy chief negotiator for the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, told ...

Mar 5, 2016

EU may downgrade summit with Japan as trade talks stall

The annual high-level conference between Japan and the European Union could be downgraded to an informal dialogue, as the bloc is frustrated at the slow progress of free-trade talks between the two sides, sources close to the matter said Saturday. The 28-nation union has ...

Feb 2, 2016

Cabinet gives formal blessing to signing of TPP on Thursday

A Cabinet meeting Tuesday saw the government formally decide to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact — putting an end to years of wrangling and heartache over the agreement. A signing ceremony in Auckland on Thursday will see Japan, the United States and ...

Feb 1, 2016

Economists offer support in analyzing effects of TPP

A group of renowned economists has started offering support for accurately analyzing the effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade pact. The Global EPAs Research Consortium, including experts from the World Trade Organization, will provide Japan, the United States and 10 other TPP ...

Dec 14, 2015

Japan, China, South Korea kick off trilateral free trade talks

Senior officials from Japan, China and South Korea began talks Monday on a three-way free trade pact following an agreement by the nations’ leaders to seek an early conclusion of such a deal. At the five-day, director-general-level talks, the three neighboring countries will work ...

Dec 10, 2015

Japan offers broader railway access in trade talks with EU

Japan has offered European companies broader access to its railway market in ongoing free trade talks with the European Union, sources familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday. European companies will be able to take part in any bidding by Japanese railway operators in which ...

Negotiator says EU would remove auto tariffs if Japan opens farm market

Nov 26, 2015

Negotiator says EU would remove auto tariffs if Japan opens farm market

The European Union will abolish its tariffs on automobiles only if Japan liberalizes its agricultural sector under a free trade agreement currently being negotiated, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has said. “The EU is ready to eliminate its tariffs on automobiles provided that concessions ...