Japan, U.S., EU propose new WTO subsidy rules

Business Jan 15, 2020

Japan, U.S., EU propose new WTO subsidy rules

Japan, the United States and the European Union on Tuesday proposed expanding a ban on market-distorting subsidies under World Trade Organization rules, a measure apparently targeted at China. The three economies hope to win support for the proposal from a wide range of WTO members ...

Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs discuss WTO reform

Business Jan 14, 2020

Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs discuss WTO reform

Trade minister Hiroshi Kajiyama and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer exchanged views Monday on reforming the World Trade Organization, which has become largely dysfunctional due to a shortage of members in its appellate body. Meeting in Washington, the Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs also confirmed ...

METI panel calls for flexible hours at Japan's convenience stores

Business Dec 24, 2019

METI panel calls for flexible hours at Japan's convenience stores

A panel of experts under the industry ministry published a draft report Monday recommending that major convenience store chains allow stores to have flexible operations amid a severe labor shortage. The draft report said major chains should review their around-the-clock operations due to a changing ...