National Nov 4, 2017

JCCI urges Taiwan to ease 3/11 food import ban

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging Taiwan to ease its ban on food imports from five prefectures imposed as a result of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In its annual white paper released Friday, the Taipei branch of the business group expressed hope ...

Taiwan conditionally lifts import ban on Japanese beef

Business Sep 19, 2017

Taiwan conditionally lifts import ban on Japanese beef

Taiwan has conditionally lifted a 16-year-old ban on beef imports from Japan, clearing a major roadblock in negotiations on an economic partnership agreement. The Executive Yuan, the executive branch of Taiwan's government, said on its website Monday that the new measure comes into force with ...

Asia-Pacific economic ministers admit there will be no RCEP agreement by year-end

Business Sep 10, 2017

Asia-Pacific economic ministers admit there will be no RCEP agreement by year-end

Economic ministers from 16 Asia-Pacific countries negotiating an alternative trade pact to the floundering Trans-Pacific Partnership acknowledged Sunday no agreement will be finalized by year-end. Instead, the economic ministers involved in negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement — covering more than 3.5 billion ...

TPP chief negotiators to meet in Japan in mid-July

Business May 30, 2017

TPP chief negotiators to meet in Japan in mid-July

The chief negotiators of 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries plan to meet on or around July 11 in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, to discuss the future of the free trade deal without the United States, according to a source close to the matter. The planned meeting comes ...

Japan, WTO chief reaffirm commitment to free trade

Business May 22, 2017

Japan, WTO chief reaffirm commitment to free trade

by Tomohiro Osaki

Japan and the World Trade Organization on Monday issued what is believed to be an unprecedented joint statement reaffirming their commitment to fostering free trade in the face of a recent surge of protectionism embodied by U.S. president Donald Trump. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and ...