Feb 28, 2015

U.S. business leader envisions TPP deal before June

A senior official of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Friday she expects the 12 countries negotiating a Pacific free trade initiative to strike a deal “before June.” Tami Overby, the chamber’s senior vice president for Asia, told an event that if Congress enacts ...

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

Feb 3, 2015

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

Japan and the United States on Monday resumed working-level talks on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, aiming to resolve bilateral disagreements on the scope of tariff reduction on farm products and autos, informed sources said. In discussions on agricultural trade, set to continue until Wednesday, ...

Jan 30, 2015

Japan TPP offer chops beef tariffs to 9% over 15 years

Japan has proposed during negotiations with the United States to slash its 38.5 percent tariff in imported beef to 9 percent over 15 years under an envisioned Pacific Rim free trade deal, negotiation sources said Thursday. Tokyo also called for a safeguard measure that ...

Chief U.S. trade negotiator says TPP deal is within sight

Jan 28, 2015

Chief U.S. trade negotiator says TPP deal is within sight

The top U.S. trade official told lawmakers Tuesday that the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership could be wrapped up within months as he urged Congress to back the administration’s trade agenda. In testimony to congressional committees, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the administration is looking ...

Keidanren aims to reinvigorate U.S. business ties in 2015

Jan 5, 2015

Keidanren aims to reinvigorate U.S. business ties in 2015

The nation’s leading business lobby plans to send a delegation to the United States this year, its first in six years, as well as to Indonesia and Brazil. The Japan Business Federation, better known as Keidanren, will also reopen a liaison office in Washington ...