Feb 28, 2015

U.S. business leader envisions TPP deal before June

A senior official of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Friday she expects the 12 countries negotiating a Pacific free trade initiative to strike a deal “before June.” Tami Overby, the chamber’s senior vice president for Asia, told an event that if Congress enacts ...

Feb 22, 2015

TPP accord no longer expected before April

Ongoing negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement are no longer expected to conclude before April. Japan and the United States had hoped the 12-member TPP talks would conclude as early as March, assuming the two countries could clinch an accord at a ...

Feb 21, 2015

U.S. confirms TPP negotiators will meet in Hawaii next month

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative confirmed Friday that chief negotiators from 12 nations will gather in Hawaii from March 9 to 15 to seek the early conclusion of a Pacific free trade initiative. The negotiators from the United States and 11 other ...

Feb 20, 2015

TPP chief negotiators to meet in mid-March in Hawaii

The 12 countries involved in a proposed Pacific-Rim free trade initiative will convene a chief negotiators’ meeting in mid-March in Hawaii, sources close to the matter said on Friday, as they scramble to secure a deal by the end of this spring. The negotiating ...

Feb 17, 2015

Tariffs, other hurdles still remain in TPP talks, government official says

Japan and the United States remain divided over tariffs and issues such as intellectual property rights in their negotiations on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to a Japanese government official. Kazuhisa Shibuya, a councilor at the Cabinet Secretariat and member of the government’s task ...

Farming reforms set to test Abe's resolve

Feb 4, 2015

Farming reforms set to test Abe's resolve

by Yuka Obayashi

After December’s landslide re-election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s program to revive the nation’s economy is set to meet perhaps its stiffest challenge, the nation’s sclerotic farming industry. He will soon submit legislation to reform agriculture, a sector where a dwindling band of aging farmers ...

Japan, U.S. resume working-level TPP talks

Feb 3, 2015

Japan, U.S. resume working-level TPP talks

Japan and the United States on Monday resumed working-level talks on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, aiming to resolve bilateral disagreements on the scope of tariff reduction on farm products and autos, informed sources said. In discussions on agricultural trade, set to continue until Wednesday, ...