Jul 2, 2015

Japan, U.S. might resume TPP talks next week

The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering resuming working-level talks related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations on July 9, according to informed sources. Through the talks, Tokyo and Washington hope to find common ground on pending issues on the multilateral free trade deal, including ...

Jun 14, 2015

Asia-Pacific negotiators end talks without free trade goal

Negotiators from 16 Asia-Pacific countries ended their eighth round of talks to promote a deal that would free up their trade early Sunday, falling short of setting any ambitious goal of eliminating tariffs. The working-level meeting, which began last Monday in Kyoto, involving the ...

May 27, 2015

TPP meeting ends without setting date for ministerial session

Chief negotiators from countries involved in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative wrapped up their latest round of negotiations in Guam on Wednesday, without setting a date for a ministerial meeting to reach a broad agreement. The 12 countries in the negotiations have ...

May 26, 2015

Japan to urge Indonesia to cut auto tariffs as agreed in FTA

Japan will urge Indonesia to lower its tariffs on Japanese automobiles as agreed under a bilateral free trade pact that entered into force in 2008, trade minister Yoichi Miyazawa said Tuesday. Miyazawa said Japan and Indonesia are expected to hold bilateral discussions on the ...

May 21, 2015

TPP nations to give up on Guam ministerial meeting as TPA pends

The 12 countries engaged in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks have given up on holding a ministerial meeting in Guam, informed sources said. They dropped the plan for the meeting on the broad free trade accord because it is uncertain whether the U.S. Congress ...

May 19, 2015

Strike TPP deal as soon as possible, former U.S trade rep says

The Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations are important for both the United States and Japan, and an early conclusion is desirable for the 12-country talks, former U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor said in a recent interview. “It is in both countries’ interest that the ...

Trade deal helps boost sales of Aussie beef in Japan

May 13, 2015

Trade deal helps boost sales of Aussie beef in Japan

by Aya Takada

Australia is set to strengthen its dominance over the U.S. as Japan’s biggest beef supplier as a trade deal drives shipments toward a four-year high. Imports of Australian chilled beef rose 8 percent last quarter and may reach the highest since 2011 while shipments ...

May 1, 2015

TPP ministers expected to meet this month in Philippines

Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the vaunted Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade bloc are expected to meet in the Philippines for three days starting May 26, according to U.S. Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth Catherine Novelli told reporters on Thursday. The U.S., Japan and ...

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 ...