Jan 23, 2015

TPP chief negotiators to meet in NY on Monday

Chief negotiators from the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative will gather in New York starting Monday, with an eye on a fresh ministerial meeting to secure a deal, according to Japanese officials. The weeklong session of negotiations through Feb. ...

Jan 17, 2015

Japan, U.S. target reaching broad TPP agreement at March meet

Japan and the United States have agreed that 12 countries discussing a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal should hold a ministerial meeting in the first half of March to reach a broad agreement, informed sources said on Friday. Officials from Japan and the United ...

Jan 14, 2015

Japan, U.S. resume TPP talks on farm and auto issues

Trade officials from Japan and the United States resumed talks Wednesday on greater market access for agricultural products and autos under the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative. The fresh round of negotiations come after leaders failed to make progress on the TPP at ...

Jan 13, 2015

Japan-Australia EPA takes effect Thursday

An economic partnership agreement between Tokyo and Canberra will take effect Thursday, with Australia becoming the first major farm produce exporter to have an EPA with Japan. It is Japan’s 14th EPA. Under the agreement, Japan will lower its tariff rates on Australian beef ...

TPP success key to clinching other free trade deals

Jan 6, 2015

TPP success key to clinching other free trade deals

Although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to clinch large-scale free trade agreements with a range of countries to help spur economic growth, negotiations have stalled over the extent of trade liberalization those countries expect. Abe hopes to leverage anticipated progress in talks on the ...

Dec 12, 2014

TPP odds now 'higher than 50-50': Obama

The chances that U.S. negotiators can bring home a strong trade deal with Asia-Pacific countries are now much better than 50-50, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday. Obama said he was also confident the administration could make a “strong case” in Congress for ...

Dec 8, 2014

TPP talks get back underway in Washington

Chief negotiators from 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative resumed negotiations in Washington after their leaders reaffirmed last month they will conclude an agreement as soon as possible. The six-day working-level meeting started Sunday. This round follows a summit held Nov. 10 ...