Aug 30, 2014

Top TPP negotiators to meet in Hanoi for 10-day trade talks

Top trade negotiators from 12 countries will hold 10-day talks in Hanoi from Monday, aiming to clinch a broad accord on a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership pact by the end of November. The focus is how much groundwork the 12 countries, including Japan and the ...

Aug 30, 2014

Japan, U.S. to hold TPP auto trade talks this week

Japan and the United States will hold talks on bilateral auto trade in Washington for three days starting Wednesday, government officials in Tokyo said. The discussions, part of multilateral negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, are designed to bridge differences over issues, ...

May 17, 2014

Why Kansai's corporate captains are trumpeting TPP

by Eric Johnston

Several years ago, at the Kansai Economic Seminar, an annual snoozefest of pompous platitudes and pretentious, paternalistic pontificating by the old men who run Kansai’s major corporations, one senior leader called for entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Reflecting the conventional wisdom on PowerPoint slides, ...

Abe says OECD should promote fair international trade rules

May 6, 2014

Abe says OECD should promote fair international trade rules

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday called on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to play a key role in promoting fair international trade rules, stressing the importance of creating a new economic order based on healthy competition. Japan will accelerate efforts to ...

Apr 7, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume working-level TPP talks

Japan and the United States resumed bilateral working-level talks on a Pacific free trade deal Monday in Tokyo, aiming to break a deadlock over Japanese tariffs on farm products that is holding the deal up. The talks between Hiroshi Oe, Japan’s deputy chief negotiator ...

Apr 4, 2014

Amari, Froman arranging to meet over TPP

Akira Amari, minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, said Friday he may meet with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman if the two countries can make progress on settling their differences over tariff issues during working-level negotiations next week. While Amari did not ...

U.S. presses Japan on TPP compromises

Apr 4, 2014

U.S. presses Japan on TPP compromises

by Krista Hughes

The United States pressed Japan on Thursday to open its farm and auto markets to overseas competition and said it cannot expect special treatment in a Pacific free trade pact covering one-third of global imports and exports. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told U.S. ...

Feb 8, 2014

Democrat rocks Obama's boat

Opposition by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the top-ranking Democrat in the upper house of Congress, to executive Trade Promotion Authority is a blow to President Barack Obama's plans for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Feb 2, 2014

Tariff disagreement with U.S. stands in way of TPP

Japan and the United States remain apart over tariff reductions as the 12 member countries of the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership pact prepare for a crucial ministerial meeting later this month. The meeting is crucial to whether the 12 will be able to conclude the ...