Nov 7, 2014

Abe skeptical about Obama's future influence on TPP talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is concerned about whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact talks will be finalized while U.S. President Barack Obama can wield influence, TPP minister Akira Amari indicated Thursday. “The prime minister is concerned” about how the negotiations will proceed following a ...

Oct 31, 2014

No prospect for TPP breakthrough at APEC: U.S.

U.S. trade chief Michael Froman said Thursday there is no prospect of clinching an agreement on a contentious Pacific free trade initiative at the upcoming summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. “We do not expect to have a final agreement on TPP at ...

TPP talks in Sydney end with no breakthrough

Oct 27, 2014

TPP talks in Sydney end with no breakthrough

Japan and the United States failed to reach a much-awaited breakthrough, seen as vital to advancing the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, at a three-day meeting on the proposed trade accord that wrapped in Sydney on Monday. The lack of progress between the largest TPP ...

U.S., Australia assure momentum building on TPP trade deal

Oct 26, 2014

U.S., Australia assure momentum building on TPP trade deal

Momentum is building toward a pan-Pacific trade agreement, representatives of Australia and the United States said Saturday as talks between trade ministers began in Sydney. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would encompass 40 percent of the global economy and include 12 nations, has been the ...

Oct 20, 2014

Business execs fret over fallout from political turbulence

Business leaders voiced concern Monday about political stability after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new trade and justice ministers stepped down within hours of each other over separate scandals. The resignations of Yuko Obuchi and Midori Matsushima come at a bad time for Abe, who ...

Abe woos business leaders in Italy ahead of ASEM summit

Oct 16, 2014

Abe woos business leaders in Italy ahead of ASEM summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday sang Japan’s praises to a group of businesspeople before the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), apparently hoping to attract overseas investment at a time when “Abenomics” appears stuck in a rut. At a meeting attended by around 300 people, including ...