The governments of Korea and Japan have come together today, 350km away from Seoul, for their fifth negotiation to consolidate a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries. Ever since the negotiations were initiated last December, many NGOs and people’s organizations have shown concern over the planned FTA.
Asean and Japan should take a step back from the thorniest issues under discussion in order to move forward toward a fruitful free trade area (FTA) agreement, according to a prominent researcher from the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI).
Japan signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with Mexico on Friday, the first such pact to cover the politically sensitive agricultural sector, officials said.
Mexico signed a free trade agreement Friday with Japan, reconfirming its world record in free trade accords — which have failed, however, to bear the promised fruits.
After months of drawn-out negotiations, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Friday signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Mexican President Vicente Fox.
In the face of the rapidly growing Chinese economy and a rising number of free trade agreements, Japan is scrambling to reinforce its flagging leadership status in Asia by accelerating FTA negotiations with regional trading partners.
President Vicente Fox of Mexico and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan will sign a free trade agreement Friday that Mexico hopes will attract more investment from Japanese manufacturers and spur exports across the Pacific.
Mexico’s tequila industry is expecting a sudden surge in shipments to Japan when the tariff of 25.2 yen per liter is completely removed under a Mexico-Japan free-trade pact that takes effect April 1.
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said he has asked the Japanese government to help develop a Thai-Japan free trade area (FTA) agreement with Thailand agreeing to Japan’s plan to set rice and beef as sensitive products categories.
Japan’s Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi arrived for his first visit to Brazil Tuesday to make what authorities from both countries hope will be a lasting impression.
Japan and Thailand launched a fourth round of talks on Monday toward signing a free trade agreement that would tear down economic barriers between the two countries.
A report from RENGO’s International Department (Japanese Trade Union Centre) about bilateral trade and investment agreements: Japan-Korea Investment Agreement; Japan - Singapore Free Trade Agreement
Panicking suddenly over the specter of being left behind by its Asian neighbors, Japan is rushing to conclude bilateral free-trade agreements, with ministers striving to get stalled talks restarted.
Free-trade talks with the Japanese have stalled after Tokyo complained about Thailand’s reluctance to open its markets to Japanese cars, car parts and metals.
Japan and Mexico have completed final details of their bilateral free trade agreement, paving the way for its implementation as early as next April, a senior Japanese government official said.
Japan, keen not to lose ground to China, is stepping up its pursuit of regional and bilateral free trade pacts, but the path to success will be bumpy and some experts question how committed Tokyo really is.
Commerce-Industry-Energy Minister Lee Hee-beom on Tuesday expressed the Korean government’s strong desire to complete the Korea-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
The Japanese Government on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to start negotiations with ASEAN member countries on a Japan-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Thailand has failed to present a list of products it wants the government to remove from the items subject to Japanese import regulations, according to government sources.