Jul 4, 2014

TPP officials set to begin working-level meeting in Ottawa

Officials from 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative are set to begin an unusually long bout of negotiations in the Canadian capital on Thursday. The 10-day meeting in Ottawa comes after U.S. President Barack Obama said he hoped the countries ...

TPP talks getting down to nitty-gritty

Oct 2, 2013

TPP talks getting down to nitty-gritty

Chief negotiators from the 12 countries thrashing out the Trans-Pacific Partnership worked on last-minute preparations Wednesday before their ministers and leaders gather in Bali, Indonesia, with the aim of reaching a basic agreement on the free trade pact. “We have been able to arrange ...

Jun 29, 2013

19 officials tapped to help handle 21 TPP issues

The government said Friday it will appoint 19 negotiators for the 21 areas covered by the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade liberalization talks, as it gears up for joining the negotiations from late July. The negotiators, officials from the Foreign, farm and trade ministries as well ...

Mar 22, 2013

Senior diplomat to head TPP negotiating team

The government plans to appoint Koji Tsuruoka, deputy foreign minister in charge of economic affairs, as Japan’s chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, sources said. The first ministerial meeting on the free-trade talks, likely to convene Friday, will bring together Akira Amari, minister ...