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Abe, Trump seek Indian-Pacific strategy to counter China
Japan and the United States are sailing toward a joint strategy focused on the Indian-Pacific region as one way of containing the maritime advances being made by China into the East China Sea and South China Sea.
RCEP trade agreement delayed till 2018
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will not reach an agreement in 2017 while Japan signs deal with ASEAN covering services and investment.
EU trade chief reconfirms plans for EPA with Japan by Christmas
European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom reconfirmed the EU’s intention of reaching an economic partnership agreement with Japan by the end of the year.
EU-Japan FTA - draft intellectual property chapter (May 2017)
As leaked by Greenpeace
Japan rejects idea of US free-trade deal to fix imbalance
Finance minister Taro Aso seems receptive to buying more US military hardware.
Letter from BusinessEurope on cross-border data flows
BusinessEurope has a clear position on this issue. We support a solution that enables cross-border data flows and effectively tackles forced data localisation when it is disproportionate and unjustified.
India to oppose anti-generics proposals at RCEP meet
India firm in opposing proposals that could hinder global access to affordable generic drugs
Japan to host next round of TPP talks, New Zealand wants changes
Japan’s government will host the latest round of negotiations for the 11 nations remaining in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but reaching a final deal has been thrown into doubt by New Zealand’s change of government.
NAFTA talks must benefit agricultural trade: Mexico
While NAFTA talks continue, Mexico is seeking to diversify its export markets and is expanding agricultural exports to China, Japan, South Korea and countries of the Arabian Peninsula.
US, Japan fail to bridge gap on trade in economic talks
The talks are shaping up to be a test of whether the close US-Japan relationship can withstand Donald Trump’s "America First" trade policies.
US eager for trade talks with Japan, seeking ‘preferred status’: agriculture secretary
US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue expressed strong hopes that his country would launch trade talks with Japan to expand exports of farm products.
Japanese eager for Trans-Pacific Partnership with all eyes, including theirs, on NAFTA
“All the countries, including Japanese, are very closely following the negotiation,” outgoing Japanese ambassador Kenjiro Monji said. “Because if we have to deal with United States, we can learn from this experience. A lot.”
RCEP ushers transition to China’s order in East Asia
A new split East Asian order is emerging led by China through the RCEP negotiations and Belt and Road Initiative.
Taiwan, Japan moving toward trade pact talks: official
Taiwan will continue its efforts to forge an economic partnership agreement (EPA) with Japan.
Without US, 11 nations in TPP inch closer to a deal
Negotiators met for two days in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, to discuss what parts of the original deal they wished to shelve.
TPP negotiators working to revise accord after US pullout
Japan is seeking to make minimal changes. Vietnam has proposed to amend the clause on rules of origin in exports of fabrics, the sources said.
Japan pushes for ’TPP 11’ progress with Tokyo meeting
Quicker consensus on rules to suspend could bring broad deal in November.
Taiwan conditionally lifts import ban on Japanese beef
Taiwan has conditionally lifted a 16-year-old ban on beef imports from Japan, clearing a major roadblock in negotiations on an economic partnership agreement.
EU-Japan FTA - EU negotiating mandate (Nov 2012)
As released by the European Council
Japan pushes for expedited talks on ’TPP 11’
Signatories eye fresh trade deal without US by year-end.