Deputy foreign minister named as Japan's chief TPP negotiator

Apr 25, 2017

Deputy foreign minister named as Japan's chief TPP negotiator

The government announced Tuesday that it has appointed a deputy foreign minister as chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, with an eye to bringing the deal into force without the United States. Keiichi Katakami takes up the post while still holding ...

Aso pushes back on U.S. call for scrutiny of currency moves

Apr 23, 2017

Aso pushes back on U.S. call for scrutiny of currency moves

Finance Minister Taro Aso said Saturday trade imbalances cannot be fixed through exchange-rate adjustments alone, pushing back against Washington’s calls to have more rigorous IMF scrutiny of currency moves. Earlier, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the spring meeting of the 189-nation International Monetary ...

Aso wary of inking bilateral trade deal with U.S.

/ Apr 22, 2017

Aso wary of inking bilateral trade deal with U.S.

Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday sounded a cautious note about the potential benefits of striking a bilateral trade deal with the United States, saying it would not necessarily give Washington better terms than the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership accord, from which it recently withdrew. ...