TPP may leave Japan behind: U.S. farm chief

Apr 29, 2014

TPP may leave Japan behind: U.S. farm chief

A Pacific Rim trade agreement may have to proceed without Japan if Tokyo fails to open its agricultural markets to imports, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “It is incumbent upon us to have market access, and if the Japanese are unwilling and unable ...

Japan, U.S. tiptoe into new phase of Pacific trade talks

Apr 26, 2014

Japan, U.S. tiptoe into new phase of Pacific trade talks

The United States and Japan are edging into a new phase of trade negotiations following the fruitless summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, people with knowledge of talks to create one of the world’s biggest trade pacts said. Talks ...

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

| Apr 25, 2014

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

by Reiji Yoshida

For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Thursday’s summit with U.S. President Barack Obama should have been a big moment to trumpet the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance, which he claimed has greatly improved after relations soured under the Democratic Party of Japan-led administration that preceded ...

Apr 25, 2014

U.S.-Japan impasse stalling TPP: Chile

The United States-Japan stalemate on farm and auto markets in the ongoing Pacific trade talks is locking all of the participants in a “waiting game,” Chile’s head of international economic relations said Thursday. Chile, along with nine other countries involved in talks on the ...

Apr 23, 2014

Japan may pressure U.S. via Canada pork talks

Japan, the world’s largest pork importer, may accelerate tariff talks with Canada to increase pressure on the United States to ease demands for cuts in agricultural protection, the nation’s biggest hog farmers group said. Canada, the largest pork exporter after the United States and ...

Apr 22, 2014

Abe-Obama deal on TPP unlikely

Japan and the U.S. aren't expected to announce a broad bilateral accord for a Pacific trade pact when their leaders meet in Tokyo, as they remain far apart over market access for agricultural products and autos.

TPP talks still on track: top Republican

Apr 22, 2014

TPP talks still on track: top Republican

by Ayako Mie

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday said negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact are still on track despite staunch opposition from both the Senate and the House to grant President Barack Obama fast-track authority. “The members of the House of Representatives ...

Apr 21, 2014

Japan, U.S. to resume TPP talks Tuesday

Japan and the United States will resume working-level talks in Tokyo Tuesday on finding common ground over a wider Pacific free trade pact, with U.S. President Barack Obama due to arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday. The fresh round of negotiations — the last chance ...