Aug 5, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume TPP talks on market access for beef, pork

Trade officials from Japan and the United States resumed negotiations over outstanding issues on market access for agricultural products such as beef and pork under the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Both governments will explore ways to strike a deal, possibly this fall, regarding Japan’s exceptional tariffs ...

Jul 16, 2014

Japan, U.S. to meet again in August on TPP

Japan and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to settle as soon as possible the disputes standing in the way of finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, agreeing to hold talks again next month, Japanese officials said. Hiroshi Oe, deputy chief TPP negotiator, said Tuesday he ...

Jul 15, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume series of talks on farm tariffs, autos

Officials from Japan and the United States resumed a series of meetings Monday to discuss tariffs on agriculture produce under the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, as well as the bilateral trade of cars. The Japanese and U.S. officials followed up a meeting of chief ...

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. pork industry pressures Japan for TPP concessions

Japan should show “more flexibility” in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations for regional free trade, U.S. National Pork Producers Council Vice President Nick Giordano said Thursday. To achieve a broad TPP accord early, Japan needs to do more toward eliminating its tariffs on agricultural products, said ...

Jul 8, 2014

Progress made on labor rights issues at Ottawa TPP meeting

Officials from the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have made significant progress on the issue of establishing rules for labor rights protection at their ongoing meeting in the Canadian capital, a Japanese official said. Under the TPP initiative, the 12 countries are ...

Abe, New Zealand's Key unite on TPP, defense ties

Jul 7, 2014

Abe, New Zealand's Key unite on TPP, defense ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and New Zealand counterpart John Key agreed Monday to work on concluding the Trans-Pacific free trade talks as soon as possible and to improve defense cooperation as Japan sheds its pacifist stance and seeks a more active security role. During ...

Farmers fattening pigs with recycled food

Jul 4, 2014

Farmers fattening pigs with recycled food

by Aya Takada

Japan burns or buries 3.3 million tons of commercial food waste every year. Then it imports 10 million tons of corn to feed animals, more than any other country. Asako Nagano and her colleagues at the agriculture ministry in Tokyo are part of a ...