Nov 15, 2016

Abe warns TPP impasse would shift focus to China-inclusive trade pact

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that roadblocks to implementation of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could shift attention to another envisioned regional free trade pact that includes China, but not the United States. “There’s no doubt that there would be a pivot to ...

Sep 29, 2016

EU wants swifter progress on economic partnership with Japan

Trade minister Hiroshige Seko has received a letter from a senior European Commission official urging prompt conclusion of an economic partnership agreement, Jiji Press learned Wednesday. “We all have to do our utmost to find a breakthrough so that we can conclude an agreement ...

Jul 15, 2016

Abe, top EU officials agree to accelerate free trade talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the European Union’s top officials agreed Friday to accelerate negotiations for a free trade deal to reach a broad agreement as soon as possible this year, a Japanese official said. In their talks, Abe and Donald Tusk, president of ...

Japan, Mongolia agree to boost economic ties

Jul 14, 2016

Japan, Mongolia agree to boost economic ties

The top leaders of Japan and Mongolia agreed Thursday to boost economic ties by taking full advantage of a new bilateral trade deal. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj held talks on the eve of a biennial summit of Asian and ...

May 12, 2016

EU asks Japan to open up procurement market in regional cities

The European Union has asked Japan to open up its market for goods and services procurement in municipalities with a population of 100,000 or more as the two economic powers work toward signing a free trade agreement, EU documents and sources said Thursday. While ...

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 ...