Apr 25, 2014

U.S.-Japan impasse stalling TPP: Chile

The United States-Japan stalemate on farm and auto markets in the ongoing Pacific trade talks is locking all of the participants in a “waiting game,” Chile’s head of international economic relations said Thursday. Chile, along with nine other countries involved in talks on the ...

Apr 21, 2014

Japan, U.S. to resume TPP talks Tuesday

Japan and the United States will resume working-level talks in Tokyo Tuesday on finding common ground over a wider Pacific free trade pact, with U.S. President Barack Obama due to arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday. The fresh round of negotiations — the last chance ...

Apr 17, 2014

U.S. agrees to let Japanese tariffs stand on rice, wheat

The United States has agreed to allow Japan to retain tariffs on rice and wheat, government sources said Thursday during bilateral talks related to the wider Pacific free trade negotiations. In return, Washington demanded Tokyo introduce a system to increase U.S. rice imports, which ...

Apr 17, 2014

Tokyo to limit cut-price Aussie pork and chicken via quota system

Japan will apply a tariff-quota system to imports of such Australian products as chicken and pork, allowing fixed amounts to enter the country at reduced duty rates, the farm ministry announced Thursday. Tokyo and Canberra reached a substantive free trade agreement on April 7 ...

Apr 16, 2014

TPP talks with U.S. forge on

With U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Tokyo approaching, Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs are set to face off again in Washington as they strive to break a deadlock in talks on a massive free trade zone in the Pacific region. Trade observers say ...

Apr 12, 2014

Japan rejects U.S. proposal to abolish auto tariffs over 30 years

The United States has proposed eliminating tariffs on imported Japanese vehicles over 30 years in bilateral talks related to a wider Pacific free trade pact, but Japan rejected it because the phaseout period is unusually long, sources close to the matter said Friday. The ...

Apr 11, 2014

Japan, U.S. trade chiefs pen in new bid next week to seal TPP deal

Japan’s minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks said Friday he will meet with his U.S. counterpart in Washington next week as they accelerate efforts to resolve outstanding issues before the Japan-U.S. summit later this month. Akira Amari and Michael Froman ...

Apr 11, 2014

Congress top obstacle to TPP deal

by Eric Johnston

Failure by Japanese and U.S. negotiators to reach a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is making headlines across Japan and raising concerns about the implications for U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip here later this month. But as two U.S. congressional representatives and a Washington-based group opposed ...