Amari says TPP trade chiefs unlikely to meet in August

Aug 7, 2015

Amari says TPP trade chiefs unlikely to meet in August

Economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari admitted Friday it will be difficult to reconvene a meeting of trade ministers on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative by the end of August as had been initially planned. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, meanwhile, expressed ...

Aug 6, 2015

TPP ministerial talks unlikely to be held by end of August

Trade ministers from the 12 countries involved in a Pacific Rim free trade deal are unlikely to meet again by the end of this month amid remaining differences that prevented them from finalizing negotiations last week, sources said Thursday. Japan, the United States and ...

Ministers continue TPP talks in Hawaii as clock ticks

Jul 31, 2015

Ministers continue TPP talks in Hawaii as clock ticks

Trade ministers from 12 countries continued negotiations on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership on Thursday, with outstanding issues proving to be more difficult than expected. Ministers were hoping to announce the outcome of the talks at a joint news conference planned for Friday afternoon following ...

Jul 25, 2015

WTO agrees to cut some tariffs on IT products

Major economies including Japan, the United States and China have agreed to eliminate their tariffs on 201 information technology products. The deal, reached at a meeting in Geneva on Friday of World Trade Organization members participating in the Information Technology Agreement, is expected to ...

Jul 23, 2015

Japan, U.S. eye tariff 'snapbacks' in TPP auto talks

Japan and the United States are negotiating a bilateral scheme to counter vehicle trade pact violations with tariff hikes under the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, according to sources. Under the “snapback” scheme, the United States would restore tariffs on vehicle imports from ...

Jul 2, 2015

Japan takes Brazil to WTO over taxes it says favor local firms

Japan launched a complaint against Brazil at the World Trade Organization on Thursday to challenge charges and taxes that it says illegally favor Brazilian-made goods over foreign competition, the WTO said in a statement. Japan says Brazil imposes a higher tax burden on importers ...