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 ...

Japan, U.S. still in TPP stalemate

Apr 18, 2014

Japan, U.S. still in TPP stalemate

by Kakumi Kobayashi

Japan and the United States are still “in stalemate” over key items holding up the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, Tokyo’s TPP minister, Akira Amari, said Thursday during the latest round of ministerial talks. Amari told reporters that he and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will ...

Apr 18, 2014

Japan, U.S. trade chiefs continue tariff talks for Pacific trade pact

Trade chiefs of Japan and the United States continued to seek progress Thursday in protracted negotiations over tariff exceptions to a Pacific free trade pact. Akira Amari, Japan’s minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative, and Michael Froman, U.S. trade representative, discussed a ...

Apr 17, 2014

U.S. agrees to let Japanese tariffs stand on rice, wheat

The United States has agreed to allow Japan to retain tariffs on rice and wheat, government sources said Thursday during bilateral talks related to the wider Pacific free trade negotiations. In return, Washington demanded Tokyo introduce a system to increase U.S. rice imports, which ...

Apr 16, 2014

TPP talks with U.S. forge on

With U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Tokyo approaching, Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs are set to face off again in Washington as they strive to break a deadlock in talks on a massive free trade zone in the Pacific region. Trade observers say ...

Apr 12, 2014

Japan rejects U.S. proposal to abolish auto tariffs over 30 years

The United States has proposed eliminating tariffs on imported Japanese vehicles over 30 years in bilateral talks related to a wider Pacific free trade pact, but Japan rejected it because the phaseout period is unusually long, sources close to the matter said Friday. The ...