TPP more ambitious than Japan-Australia deal: U.S. trade chief

Business Apr 8, 2014

TPP more ambitious than Japan-Australia deal: U.S. trade chief

The U.S. trade chief said Tuesday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative aims at a higher level of trade liberalization than the accord reached by Japan and Australia, playing down the impact of the bilateral agreement on the broader TPP negotiations. "I don't think it (the ...

Business Apr 4, 2014

Amari, Froman arranging to meet over TPP

Akira Amari, minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, said Friday he may meet with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman if the two countries can make progress on settling their differences over tariff issues during working-level negotiations next week. While Amari did not elaborate, ...

U.S. presses Japan on TPP compromises

Business Apr 4, 2014

U.S. presses Japan on TPP compromises

by Krista Hughes

The United States pressed Japan on Thursday to open its farm and auto markets to overseas competition and said it cannot expect special treatment in a Pacific free trade pact covering one-third of global imports and exports. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told U.S. lawmakers ...

Hurdles remain in final mile of TPP talks

Business / Economy Dec 8, 2013

Hurdles remain in final mile of TPP talks

Japan and the United States still need to bridge gaps on controversial issues in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, a Japanese senior vice minister said after meeting with the U.S. trade representative on Sunday. On the sidelines of the 12-country TPP meeting being ...

Japan, U.S. pledge to make TPP a success

Business / Economy Aug 19, 2013

Japan, U.S. pledge to make TPP a success

Echoing his talks with the trade minister the previous day, economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman agreed Monday to work together toward a successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks by the end of the ...

Business Jun 29, 2013

19 officials tapped to help handle 21 TPP issues

The government said Friday it will appoint 19 negotiators for the 21 areas covered by the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade liberalization talks, as it gears up for joining the negotiations from late July. The negotiators, officials from the Foreign, farm and trade ministries as well as ...