Japan, U.S. still in TPP stalemate

Apr 18, 2014

Japan, U.S. still in TPP stalemate

by Kakumi Kobayashi

Japan and the United States are still “in stalemate” over key items holding up the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, Tokyo’s TPP minister, Akira Amari, said Thursday during the latest round of ministerial talks. Amari told reporters that he and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will ...

Apr 18, 2014

Japan, U.S. trade chiefs continue tariff talks for Pacific trade pact

Trade chiefs of Japan and the United States continued to seek progress Thursday in protracted negotiations over tariff exceptions to a Pacific free trade pact. Akira Amari, Japan’s minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative, and Michael Froman, U.S. trade representative, discussed a ...

Apr 16, 2014

TPP talks with U.S. forge on

With U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Tokyo approaching, Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs are set to face off again in Washington as they strive to break a deadlock in talks on a massive free trade zone in the Pacific region. Trade observers say ...

TPP more ambitious than Japan-Australia deal: U.S. trade chief

Apr 8, 2014

TPP more ambitious than Japan-Australia deal: U.S. trade chief

The U.S. trade chief said Tuesday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative aims at a higher level of trade liberalization than the accord reached by Japan and Australia, playing down the impact of the bilateral agreement on the broader TPP negotiations. “I don’t think it ...

Apr 4, 2014

Amari, Froman arranging to meet over TPP

Akira Amari, minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, said Friday he may meet with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman if the two countries can make progress on settling their differences over tariff issues during working-level negotiations next week. While Amari did not ...

U.S. presses Japan on TPP compromises

Apr 4, 2014

U.S. presses Japan on TPP compromises

by Krista Hughes

The United States pressed Japan on Thursday to open its farm and auto markets to overseas competition and said it cannot expect special treatment in a Pacific free trade pact covering one-third of global imports and exports. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told U.S. ...

Hurdles remain in final mile of TPP talks

Dec 8, 2013

Hurdles remain in final mile of TPP talks

Japan and the United States still need to bridge gaps on controversial issues in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, a Japanese senior vice minister said after meeting with the U.S. trade representative on Sunday. On the sidelines of the 12-country TPP meeting ...

Nov 28, 2013

Amari, Froman to discuss TPP pact next week

Economy minister Akira Amari and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman are likely to meet in Tokyo early next week to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, sources said. The two governments are in the final stages of arranging the meeting, the sources said Wednesday. ...

Japan, U.S. pledge to make TPP a success

Aug 19, 2013

Japan, U.S. pledge to make TPP a success

Echoing his talks with the trade minister the previous day, economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman agreed Monday to work together toward a successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks by the end of the ...