logo logo


United States releases annual assessment of foreign trade barriers
Alleged barriers from Brazil, Canada, China, European Union, Japan, Mexico and Korea.
Japan and US kick off first day of trade talks with focus on cutting tariffs on goods
Japan and the United States agreed to focus mainly on tariffs on goods such as agricultural and industrial products.
US, Japan kick off trade talks amid China deal optimism
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Japan’s Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi are set to embark on two days of talks in Washington.
China expects smooth negotiations on Free Trade Zone with Japan, ROK
China expressed the hope for smooth progress of negotiations on Free Trade Zone with Japan and Republic of Korea (ROK).
US wants more from Japan than under TPP
US wants bigger compromise from Japan on tariffs for American farm goods than the two countries had agreed on for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The right course for a better US-Japan alliance
Tokyo has argued for a more limited "trade agreement on goods," while the Trump administration says it ultimately wants a comprehensive free trade agreement.
Japan, China, S.Korea FTA talks under way
High on the agenda are rules for protecting intellectual-property rights.
Japan, US eye 1st trade talks on April 15-16: sources
Japan and the United States plan to launch bilateral trade talks on April 15 and 16 in Washington.
Abe eyes US trip in late April for talks with Trump on trade: sources
While the United States desires a free trade agreement that would cover a range of areas such as goods, services, investment and currency, Japan is insisting the two governments aim for a trade deal on goods only.
US to push for FTA with Japan, eyes farm market opening
US President said will push for a free trade agreement with Japan as he signaled willingness to seek a further opening of the country’s agriculture market.
Ill-timed beef duty looms over Japan’s talks with Trump
Japanese imports of beef are nearing the point of triggering an automatic tariff increase, which would affect only the US, a nonmember of the TPP-11.
Premier Li urges China-Japan-South Korea FTA talks
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urged Japan and South Korea to speed up free-trade agreement (FTA) talks as the three parties mark the 20th anniversary of the launch of the China-Japan-South Korea cooperation mechanism this year.
US trade chief to prioritize farm sector in talks with Japan
U.S. Trade Representative will prioritize the agriculture sector once the two countries start negotiations.
Lighthizer casts doubts on China trade talks as ‘major issues’ go unresolved
President Trump’s top trade negotiator raised doubts that a trade agreement with China was within reach, while also aiming to negotiate trade deals with Europe and Japan.
Asean, Japan sign protocol revising regional free trade treaty
The ASEAN and Japan signed the first protocol to amend the Asean-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement.
Saving Japan’s seed heritage from “free trade”
Former Japanese minister Yamada joined forces with 150 lawyers that have challenged as unconstitutional both the TPP agreement and the government’s decision to abolish the seed protection law.
Japan eyes June trade deal with Turkey
Japan aims to sign an economic partnership agreement with Turkey in June, as Tokyo’s tariff-reducing deal with the European Union.
New push for Asia-Pacific megadeal as trade war eases
Ministers from Asia’s leading economies renew their pursuit of a sweeping regional trade deal as an easing of tensions between the U.S. and China gives momentum to multilateral negotiations.
Robert Lighthizer says trade talks with Japan likely to start in March
The United States and Japan will likely launch trade talks in March, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said, suggesting the dialogue would begin earlier than had been anticipated.
Japan, US likely to launch trade talks in April or May
Japan and the United States will likely launch trade talks in April or May, later than initially planned, as Washington needs to focus first on ongoing negotiations with Beijing to settle a tariff war.