Apr 3, 2015

Rules of origin TPP dispute blocking Japan-U.S. auto deal

Rules of origin for automobile parts have emerged as a key stumbling block in Japan-U.S. auto trade talks held as part of efforts to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, according to informed sources. Auto trade talks between the two countries have stalled due ...

Mar 31, 2015

U.S., Japan have 'significant gap' on auto market access

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said on Monday that “significant gaps” in the trade negotiations remain between the United States and Japan regarding access for U.S. automobiles in the Japanese market. “Japan has zero tariffs on autos and trucks, and yet access ...

Abe vows not to concede ground on TPP talks ahead of U.S. trip

Mar 27, 2015

Abe vows not to concede ground on TPP talks ahead of U.S. trip

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that Japan won’t make any easy concessions just to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks before he meets with U.S. President Barack Obama on April 28. The TPP negotiations are “in the final phase, but problems remain,” ...

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 ...