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 ...

Jul 13, 2016

Japan business chieftains urge Abe to push for early TPP ratification

The nation’s top business leaders urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday to seek ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact during an extraordinary Diet session expected to be held in September. Business leaders submitting the written request to Abe at the Prime ...

U.S. trade chief hoping for TPP approval despite negative rhetoric

May 18, 2016

U.S. trade chief hoping for TPP approval despite negative rhetoric

The top U.S. trade official is not losing hope for congressional approval of a sweeping pan-Pacific free trade agreement this year despite strong anti-trade rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign that may be influencing reluctant lawmakers. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters in ...

Negotiator says EU would remove auto tariffs if Japan opens farm market

Nov 26, 2015

Negotiator says EU would remove auto tariffs if Japan opens farm market

The European Union will abolish its tariffs on automobiles only if Japan liberalizes its agricultural sector under a free trade agreement currently being negotiated, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has said. “The EU is ready to eliminate its tariffs on automobiles provided that concessions ...

Nov 11, 2015

White House rejects calls for possible renegotiation of TPP

A senior White House official denied Wednesday that the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries could renegotiate a sweeping free trade agreement, brushing off calls to revisit the text of the U.S.-led deal. Renegotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative is “not an ...