Oct 6, 2015

Japan Inc. welcomes TPP agreement as opportunity for growth, reform

Japanese business leaders on Monday hailed the conclusion of a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, saying the free trade pact will help boost exports when it comes into effect. “We welcome the broad agreement reached,” Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Japanese Business Federation, commonly known as Keidanren, ...

Oct 6, 2015

From cars to wine, how tariffs will change under TPP

The following is a gist of the main points related to Japan’s trade in the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. Japan will incrementally raise its tariff-free annual import quota for U.S. rice from 50,000 tons to 70,000 tons over 13 years, and for ...

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 ...