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Donald Trump reopens door to TPP participation, Asia reset
Donald Trump signed the so-called Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) includes a call for the US to return to multilateral trade deals, countering the President’s own tendency to pursue agreements with individual countries such as Mexico, Canada and Japan.
Pacific Rim trade deal enters into force with steep tariff cuts for six nations including Singapore, Australia, Japan
Pacific trade pact takes off with tariff cut in six nations that ratified the pact
Japan-EU free trade pact to come into force on Feb 1
A free trade agreement between Japan and the European Union will take effect on 1 February 2019 as both sides completed their ratification
EU-Japan trade deal approved for 2019 start
The European Parliament voted 474 in favor to 156 against the agreement that binds two economies accounting for about a third of global gross domestic product.
Comments on negotiating objectives for a US-Japan trade agreement
US drug manufacturers want Japan to provide 12 years of data protection for biologic medicine in upcoming trade talks. That would be four more years than Japan currently provides.
India’s FTAs with ASEAN, Japan and Korea have widened trade deficit: Study
Over the past decade, India’s trade imbalance vis-à-vis its existing CEPA partners has steadily increased, says a study by Third World Network.
JEFTA: a danger for the future
The CGT, the French Trade Union Confederation and ZENROREN the Japanese Trade Union are calling on MEPs not to ratify JEFTA and to demand transparent negotiations in which workers’ unions have their say.
Japan-EU trade pact clears hurdle on road to Feb. 1 start
Japan’s parliament approved an economic partnership agreement with the EU, clearing a key hurdle for the tariff-cutting pact to take effect next year.
Japan to extend copyright period on works including novels and paintings to 70 years on Dec. 30
The copyright period on works such as novels and paintings in Japan is set to be extended to 70 years after the authors’ deaths, from the current 50 years, as part of legislation to approve the TPP.
Korea, China, Japan to hold FTA talks in Beijing
South Korea, China and Japan will hold their 14th round of negotiations to discuss ways to open goods and services markets and lower other trade barriers.
US companies want Japan trade deal to cover services
US businesses are seeking a comprehensive trade deal with Japan that also includes services and investments even as Tokyo tries to limit the scope of upcoming bilateral talks to goods only.
US meat body outlines Japanese trade priorities
The North American Meat Institute called for US beef and pork exports to receive the same tariff benefits that have been granted to competitors under the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
India sought to delay RCEP deal beyond general election
Indonesia accuses Japan of trying to ’force its interests’ on members
EU-Japan trade deal clears hurdle on way to 2019 start
The European Parliament’s international trade committee voted 25 in favour to 10 against to clear the deal for a final vote in the parliament’s full chamber set for December 13.
Japan seeking wider coverage of trade agreement
Japan plans to expand the coverage of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement to include the e-commerce sector and more concessions in agriculture.
Japanese farmers worried over effects of trans-Pacific trade pact
Japanese farmers expressed concern about an expected influx of imports and other effects of a trans-Pacific free trade agreement led by Japan that is set to enter into force on Dec 30.
TPP-11 to take effect on Dec. 30
Sixth country Australia ratifies trade pact, paving way for early launch
New trade deals restrain governments on financial regulation
The new generation of trade agreements currently being negotiated by the EU endangers financial regulation. Worse, they rein in the capacity of states to regulate in the future.
USTR to hold hearing in Dec. on trade talks with Japan
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer suggested President Donald Trump’s administration will push Japan to address tariff and nontariff barriers in sectors such as automobiles, agriculture and services.
TPP-11 may take effect by year-end: Japanese minister
The 11-country free trade agreement formerly known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership may take effect by the end of this year, Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan’s minister in charge of negotiations, revealed Friday.