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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.
ASEAN and Japan to ink revamped economic pact in March
Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are finalizing updates to their economic partnership agreement to resolve shelved issues on liberalizing the investment and service fields, completing a deal that took effect over a decade ago.
Japan seeking big concessions from Britain in trade talks
Japan is seeking tougher concessions from Britain in trade talks than it secured from the EU, while negotiations between London and Tokyo are also being slowed by the looming risk of no-deal Brexit.
Japan, Turkey to hold talks on EPA
Japan and Turkey will hold talks in Tokyo on a bilateral economic partnership agreement.
Korea-China-Japan FTA still long way to go
South Korea, Japan and China are making slow progress on FTA negotiations amid contentious issues involving each country’s interests.
EU-Japan trade agreement enters into force
The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan enters into force on 1 February 2019.
Israel and Japan in talks to enter a free trade agreement
Israel and Japan are in talks to enter a free trade agreement between the countries.
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.