Nov 16, 2014

No rush in TPP talks

Rather than rush to reach an agreement, the government needs to try shape the outcome of TPP talks in ways that would truly benefit Japan's economy and people.

Nov 7, 2014

No Asia trade pact expected on Obama's trip to region

The White House downplayed any expectations Thursday of progress on a much-awaited pan-Pacific trade deal during President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to Asia. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would encompass 40 percent of the global economy and include 12 nations, has been the subject of ...

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 ...