Tokyo pushes for TPP concessions as Japan-U.S. talks restart

Oct 10, 2014

Tokyo pushes for TPP concessions as Japan-U.S. talks restart

Japan and the United States on Friday restarted bilateral talks on sealing the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. The two countries have been trying for months to achieve a breakthrough on difficult issues, including agricultural tariffs and automobile import restrictions, ahead of a ministerial ...

Oct 6, 2014

Japan-U.S. accord still seen as key to TPP deal

An agreement between Japan and the United States is still a key element before the envisioned Trans-Pacific Partnership can become a reality, according to informed sources. Ministers from 12 TPP negotiation member states, including Japan and the United States, will gather for three days ...

Oct 3, 2014

Froman again urges Tokyo to make concessions for TPP deal

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urged Japan to make more concessions over thorny bilateral issues to break the current deadlock in a 12-nation Pacific free trade initiative. Froman said he looks forward to “bold visions at the negotiating table” on the issues of market ...

Oct 3, 2014

Froman urges concessions by Japan to reach TPP deal

U.S. trade chief Michael Froman urged Japan on Thursday to make more concessions in thorny bilateral issues over a 12-country Pacific free trade initiative to break the current deadlock over the plenary negotiations. Froman, the U.S. trade representative, said in a lecture in Washington ...

Oct 2, 2014

TPP ministerial session eyed for Oct. 25 to 27

Japan, the United States and 10 other countries taking part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are planning to hold a ministerial session Oct. 25 to 27 in Australia, according to informed sources. The ministerial session will seek breakthroughs in pending issues including tariff removal ...

Sep 21, 2014

Japan, U.S. plan agenda for ministerial TPP talks

Working-level officials of Japan and the United States held a teleconference Saturday to narrow down trade topics for a bilateral ministerial meeting next week on the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact. The trade meeting, to be held in Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday, will be attended ...

Sep 19, 2014

U.S. calls for Japan to buckle down on Pacific trade pact

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urged Japan on Thursday to ramp up efforts on a Pacific trade pact ahead of planned talks with his Japanese counterpart next week and a new round of negotiations in October. A standoff between the United States and Japan, ...

Sep 10, 2014

Japan, U.S. see little progress in TPP farm tariff talks

Japan and the United States made only “very limited” progress in two days of working-level talks over Tokyo’s proposed exceptions to tariff abolition for key farm products under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a Japanese official said Wednesday. “We were not able to make as much ...

Sep 10, 2014

Japan mulls applying same tariffs to beef imports from all TPP nations

Japan is mulling applying the same beef tariff rates to all 11 other negotiating member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, including the United States, sources familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. Tokyo had considered allowing lower tariffs only for beef imports from the United ...

Sep 9, 2014

Australia urges Japan to further lower beef tariffs in TPP

Australia is urging Japan to further lower its tariffs on beef under the Trans-Pacific Partnership after Tokyo agreed to substantially cut them under a two-way free trade deal struck in April, negotiation sources said Tuesday. Australia, which became the first major farming country to ...