Trump taps Reagan ex-official Lighthizer as trade chief

Jan 4, 2017

Trump taps Reagan ex-official Lighthizer as trade chief

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday he will nominate former trade official Robert Lighthizer as the next U.S. trade representative. Lighthizer served as U.S. deputy trade chief under President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, playing a major role in negotiating some two dozen bilateral ...

Jul 15, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume series of talks on farm tariffs, autos

Officials from Japan and the United States resumed a series of meetings Monday to discuss tariffs on agriculture produce under the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, as well as the bilateral trade of cars. The Japanese and U.S. officials followed up a meeting of chief ...

Nov 22, 2013

10-year tariff cut offered; 'sacred' items excluded

Japan has proposed to lift tariffs on all items aside from its five “sacred” farm products within 10 years, according to sources involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks. By suggesting a relatively short moratorium period, the government is apparently trying to take a ...

Nov 16, 2013

10 TPP members urge Japan to abolish all tariffs

All other countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations except the United States are urging Japan to abolish tariffs on all products, including rice, sources said Friday. Although Tokyo has rejected eliminating tariffs on the key farm products of rice, wheat, beef, ...