Aug 19, 2017

Japan to host symposium for reviving WTO talks on green goods tariffs

Japan will host an international symposium aimed at jump-starting the stalled negotiations on forging a tariff-cutting agreement for environmental goods involving 46 members of the World Trade Organization, sources said. The event is set for Aug. 29 in Beijing. The participating nations and regions, including ...

WHO blasts tobacco industry for blocking anti-smoking moves

Jul 20, 2017

WHO blasts tobacco industry for blocking anti-smoking moves

The tobacco industry continues to subvert government attempts to prevent tobacco-related deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday in a fresh call to counter corporate lobbying and litigation. Countries with partly state-owned tobacco companies, such as Japan, which has a stake in Japan ...

Japan, WTO chief reaffirm commitment to free trade

May 22, 2017

Japan, WTO chief reaffirm commitment to free trade

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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 ...

Lawyers say U.S. tax plan would break WTO rules

Feb 2, 2017

Lawyers say U.S. tax plan would break WTO rules

A proposed U.S. corporate tax reform would almost certainly contravene international trade rules if implemented, lawyers have said, risking the biggest dispute in the history of the World Trade Organization (WTO). With signs growing that the United States may become more protectionist under President Donald ...

/ Sep 28, 2016

'Dramatic slowing' seen in global trade, as rhetoric rises

Trade, that lifeblood of the world economy, is growing at its slowest rate in seven years and could falter even more should anti-globalization sentiment encourage governments to throw up more barriers. That's the verdict from the World Trade Organization, which dramatically slashed its forecast for ...