Jul 16, 2014

Japan, U.S. to meet again in August on TPP

Japan and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to settle as soon as possible the disputes standing in the way of finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, agreeing to hold talks again next month, Japanese officials said. Hiroshi Oe, deputy chief TPP negotiator, said Tuesday he ...

Jul 15, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume series of talks on farm tariffs, autos

Officials from Japan and the United States resumed a series of meetings Monday to discuss tariffs on agriculture produce under the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, as well as the bilateral trade of cars. The Japanese and U.S. officials followed up a meeting of chief ...

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. pork industry pressures Japan for TPP concessions

Japan should show “more flexibility” in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations for regional free trade, U.S. National Pork Producers Council Vice President Nick Giordano said Thursday. To achieve a broad TPP accord early, Japan needs to do more toward eliminating its tariffs on agricultural products, said ...

Jul 2, 2014

U.S. hails defense revamp

by Eric Johnston

Tuesday’s decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet to reinterpret the Constitution to allow collective self-defense has divided Japan, with some people fearing it would drag the nation into a U.S.-led war. But in the U.S., the change is being hailed as a positive ...