Mar 27, 2015

Some TPP nations seek exemption from investor-state lawsuit rule: WikiLeaks

Some of the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact demanded they be exempted from the proposed litigation rule involving corporation and state, according to a purported negotiation text released by anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. It’s not known whether such demands remain on ...

Japan-New Zealand TPP talks making slow progress: Amari

Mar 25, 2015

Japan-New Zealand TPP talks making slow progress: Amari

Japan-New Zealand negotiations on the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative are making slower progress compared to bilateral talks with other member countries, economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari said Wednesday. Talks with New Zealand have been “significantly delayed,” Amari, Japan’s point man ...

Abe, New Zealand's Key vow TPP progress

Mar 24, 2015

Abe, New Zealand's Key vow TPP progress

by Masaaki Kameda

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his New Zealand counterpart John Key pledged further cooperation Tuesday to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations soon. Speaking to reporters alongside Key at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, Abe said the two leaders also agreed to jointly ...

Mar 12, 2015

Major U.S. unions step up battle against TPP

The largest American labor federation says it and its affiliated unions are freezing political contributions to federal candidates “until further notice” to channel funds into labor’s intensifying battle to stop or at least help shape a proposed free trade agreement being negotiated by the ...

Mar 10, 2015

TPP chief negotiators resume talks in Hawaii

Chief negotiators from countries involved in a Pacific Rim free trade initiative resumed talks Monday in Hawaii, as the 12 negotiating members attempt to reach a deal by the end of spring. As the United States, which leads the framework, will enter full-fledged campaign ...

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 ...