Jun 10, 2014

Japan, U.S. restart trade talks on auto industry

Japanese and United States trade officials began two-day talks on Monday in Washington, as the U.S. continues to press Japan to open its auto market to greater imports. The talks aim to narrow remaining gaps ahead of a meeting by chief negotiators on the ...

Oct 7, 2013

TPP members mull 30-year tariff phaseout

Members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are considering a plan to phase out import tariffs over a maximum period of 30 years, negotiation sources said Monday. The plan could make it easier for the countries negotiating the free trade deal to reach an agreement ...

Apr 5, 2013

Australia wants tariffs on Japanese cars to linger

Australia has demanded it be allowed to keep its 5 percent tariff on Japanese car imports in place in bilateral free-trade negotiations with Japan. The demand is apparently a response to Tokyo’s recent decision to tolerate U.S. auto tariffs in separate trade negotiations, a ...

Beef, wheat may be sacrificed in talks

Mar 16, 2013

Beef, wheat may be sacrificed in talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may sacrifice barriers protecting Japan’s beef and wheat farmers to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade accord, a former government adviser on farm policy said. Still, Abe’s administration will fight to maintain tariffs on rice, sugar and dairy products, said Shinichi ...