Dec 12, 2016

China controls its WTO destiny

Until China is prepared to quit hedging, and extend the same benefits to its trading partners that it demands of them, its nonmarket economy status in the WTO is appropriate.

Aug 20, 2015

Tokyo asks for ruling on Seoul import ban

The Japanese government on Thursday asked the World Trade Organization to set up a panel to rule over South Korea's import ban on Japanese fishery products following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis that Tokyo says violates international trade rules. The move comes after the two ...

Tax agency may narrow definition of 'Japanese sake'

Jun 10, 2015

Tax agency may narrow definition of 'Japanese sake'

The National Tax Agency is considering defining "Japanese sake" as a home-brewed alcoholic drink made from Japanese-grown rice in order to differentiate it from foreign-brewed sake, according to sources. The agency is mulling the definition to improve the brand of Japanese sake and help give ...

Dec 18, 2013

WTO breakthrough in Bali

Meeting with trade ministers in Bali, Indonesia, the World Trade Organization has concluded its first trade reform agreement despite last-minute threats from Cuba and India. It is a moment to savor, but it is just a start.