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Japan proposes huge free trade zone
Japan’s sponsorship of a vast free trade area including most of Asia, Australia and New Zealand is expected to be on the agenda when Associate Trade Minister Jim Sutton visits Tokyo later this month.
RP sees Japan trade deal in July
The Philippines’ top diplomat said Wednesday he hoped to sign a delayed free-trade deal with Japan in July to mark the 50th anniversary of the re-establishment of relations after World War II.
Japanese govt to propose big Asian free-trade zone
The Japanese government plans to propose the formation of an Asian free-trade zone which could include half the world’s population and rival the EU and NAFTA, an official of the trade ministry said.
International researcher hits Japanese aid to RP
A visiting Japanese researcher accused her own government of extending international aid that runs counter to the interest of the Filipinos. Kayoko’s observation came after members of the Philippine House of Representatives petitioned the Supreme Court to stop the government from finalizing an economic agreement with Japan.
Possible Korea-Japan FTA could hurt conglomerates
Even big Korean conglomerates may feel the blow if Seoul and Tokyo ink a free trade agreement, according to a report by the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy.
FTA to cut auto sales
A free trade agreement between South Korea and Japan is expected to reduce domestic sales of local carmakers by up to 226,000 units annually.
SC asked to stop RP from finalizing trade deal with Japan
Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party has asked the Philippine Supreme Court to stop the government from finalizing an economic agreement with Japan, which the party-list group alleges contains a provision that will allow this country to trade its hazardous and toxic waste products.
Govt eyes FTAs with China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea
The Indian government said it is looking at the possibility of Free Trade Agreements with a host of nations including Japan, China and Korea, with a view to increase India’s trade with the Asian countries.
China rivalry fuels Japan’s FTA drive
Japan is revving up its drive toward free-trade agreements, or FTAs, with trading partners, largely fueled by an intensifying rivalry with China, a rapidly ascendant economic as well as military power.
Japan to resume free-trade talks with Asean in April
The Japanese government has decided to resume stalled talks with Asean over signing a free-trade deal from next month, as other Asian nations rush to conclude such agreements.
NFF wants agriculture included in Japan FTA
The National Farmers Federation (NFF) is backing increased overseas investment between Japan and Australian agribusiness, as part of any free trade deal between the countries.
Japan, Chile to accelerate FTA negotiations
Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet and Hidenao Nakagawa, policy chief of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, agreed Friday that the two countries should accelerate efforts toward signing a bilateral free trade agreement.
RI to open labor market for Japan
The Indonesian government will open up the domestic labor market in certain sectors to Japanese workers as part of the liberalization of the service sector envisaged under a planned bilateral economic partnership agreement (EPA)
Mexican envoy praises fruits of FTA
Japan’s second free-trade agreement, the one with Mexico that is approaching its first anniversary, has been a big success with a 30 percent jump in bilateral trade, Mexican Ambassador Miguel Ruiz-Cabanas said Wednesday.
Govt urged to speed up EPA with Japan
With other Southeast Asian countries already finalizing free trade agreements with Japan, the Indonesian government now needed to accelerate the wrapping up of its planned economic partnership agreement with that country, a business forum has urged.
Japan gives priority to seal FTA with GCC
Japan decided Tuesday to revitalize its efforts to expand trade ties with other countries via free trade agreements (FTAs) and investment accords, with focusing on Kuwait and other member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Japan aims to accelerate FTA talks with model accords
Japan plans to accelerate its efforts to conclude free trade agreements with economic partners by holding negotiations based on "model accords," government officials said Tuesday.
Japan seeks free trade deal with Gulf
Japan plans to begin talks with six Gulf Arab states this year toward a free-trade agreement in the aim of securing stable energy supplies, officials said yesterday.
EPA signing, FTA parleys postponed
Thailand has postponed the signing of its Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Japan, and suspended free trade area (FTA) negotiations with the US until the formation of the new government, chief negotiators for the two pacts said yesterday.
Japan may begin FTA talks with India as early as summer - report
The government will possibly this summer enter into negotiations with India on a bilateral economic partnership treaty, of which a free trade agreement (FTA) would form the core, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported, citing government sources.