ASEAN integration a boon for TPP nations

Business Feb 6, 2015

ASEAN integration a boon for TPP nations

by Sayuri Daimon

The proposed ASEAN Economic Community could offer new market opportunities for nations such as Japan that are currently in talks to form the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a Malaysian minister has said. Abdul Wahid Omar, who serves in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Economic Planning, ...

Editorials Nov 16, 2014

No rush in TPP talks

Rather than rush to reach an agreement, the government needs to try shape the outcome of TPP talks in ways that would truly benefit Japan's economy and people.

National May 17, 2014

Why Kansai's corporate captains are trumpeting TPP

by Eric Johnston

Several years ago, at the Kansai Economic Seminar, an annual snoozefest of pompous platitudes and pretentious, paternalistic pontificating by the old men who run Kansai's major corporations, one senior leader called for entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Reflecting the conventional wisdom on PowerPoint slides, the ...

Abe says OECD should promote fair international trade rules

Business May 6, 2014

Abe says OECD should promote fair international trade rules

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday called on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to play a key role in promoting fair international trade rules, stressing the importance of creating a new economic order based on healthy competition. Japan will accelerate efforts to conclude ...

National / Politics Apr 11, 2014

Abe to shun visit to Yasukuni as summit with Obama draws near

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will probably not visit war-linked Yasukuni Shrine during the spring festival in late April to avoid marring the upcoming summit with U.S. President Barack Obama, sources close to him said Thursday. Instead of visiting the controversial Shinto facility during its Annual ...

Business Apr 7, 2014

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

Japan and the United States resumed bilateral working-level talks on a Pacific free trade deal Monday in Tokyo, aiming to break a deadlock over Japanese tariffs on farm products that is holding the deal up. The talks between Hiroshi Oe, Japan's deputy chief negotiator for ...

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, ...