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Japan PM Abe, Canada PM-designate Trudeau agree to promote Trans-Pacific Partnership

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Canada’s prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau agreed to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Japan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Last month, 12 Pacific Rim countries including Japan and Canada agreed the TPP, a pact which aims to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world’s economy by reducing or […]


Abe and Obama to discuss Trans-Pacific Partnership deal

US President Barack Obama and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are due to meet to discuss a significant trade deal for the Pacific Rim.

The discussion comes amid a week-long state visit to Washington by Mr Abe.

The deal has been in the making for about a decade. Both leaders have advocated for the partnership, […]


Japan, U.S. spur new TPP talks in Vietnam

The 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations launched a fresh round of talks Monday with expectations for progress as Japan and the United States move closer to resolving thorny bilateral issues.

Their chief negotiators began the four-day meeting in Ho Chi Minh City and will follow it up with a ministerial gathering […]


Japan, U.S. to steer Pacific trade talks to early conclusion: Abe

”Japan and the United States will act in cooperation to accelerate negotiations further towards the early conclusion of negotiations by the 12 participating countries as a whole,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in an address.

Japan and the United States will work together to steer trade negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership towards a […]


ANALYSIS: Japan could lose much, gain little from joining TPP

The following analysis is from the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun:

Akira Amari, minister in charge of the TPP, said the United States, which has led the TPP negotiations, made a number of key demands of Japan because it is only now ready to join the TPP process. Amari said Japan and the United States […]


Farmers push to add Japan in trade talks as US automakers balk

Japanese farmers protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Tokyo. Their banner reads: ‘We absolutely oppose Japan’s participation to TPP.’

Farmers in the US are pushing for Japan to join the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership as a way to gain access to the world’s third-largest economy as automakers seek to exclude the Asian nation until it […]


Ford CEO cites yen worry, opposes free trade talks with Japan

The chief executive of Ford Motor Co complained on Tuesday about Japan’s devaluation of the yen and reiterated his opposition to Tokyo entering into free trade talks with the United States under an Asia-Pacific agreement.

The yen has fallen around 8 percent against the dollar this year, driven down by Tokyo’s fiscal and monetary policies.