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S Korea blames Japan for trade impasse
Eighteen months of talks over a proposed bilateral trade agreement between Japan and South Korea are on the verge of collapse because Japan’s Agriculture Ministry has blocked meaningful dialogue on trade in farm and marine products, a South Korean diplomat said yesterday.
Thai AIDS activists fear losing cheap drugs in free trade talks with Japan, US
As Thailand prepares for new rounds of free trade talks with Japan and the United States, AIDS activists are voicing increasing concern that patients here could lose access to cheap, life-prolonging drugs.
No quota under proposed JPEPA
The Japanese government is considering the position of the Philippines that there should be no quota and volume limit on the entry of Filipino IT and medical professionals to Japan but rather the entry of Filipino labor to Japan be driven by demand and qualification.
JPEPA: News in brief
The Philippines government is completing its "clean-up drive" on the country’s legal and dispute settlement mechanism before finally giving its final go signal to the implementation of the country’s first bilateral free trade area (FTA) deal, the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).
Thai-Japan FTA talks hit snags
Prospects for Japan signing free trade agreements with Thailand and South Korea are being stymied because the countries remain seriously divided on key industrial and farm sectors, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported yesterday quoting diplomatic sources.
Steel goes on back burner at FTA talks
The Thailand-Japan free trade area (FTA) negotiations will resume in July, with discussions over liberalising steel imports postponed until later rounds, even though Tokyo has come up with a new proposal on the controversial issue, according to Finance Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.
FTA talks with Thailand, Korea still divided
Prospects for Japan signing free-trade agreements (FTAs) with Thailand and South Korea are being stymied because the countries remain seriously divided on issues concerning key industrial and farm sectors, diplomatic sources have said.
Trade alliance seeks transparency on Japan-RP FTA negotiations
The multi-sectoral Fair Trade Alliance (FTA) has urged the government for transparency in the crafting of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) as it expressed fears that the deal does not provide "safeguards" to the country’s industrial goods and includes regulation and competition issues.
MoI sure Thai-Japan FTA will be concluded in July
The Ministry of Industry said on Thursday it is confident that the conclusion of the Thailand-Japan free trade area (FTA) agreement will be reached on schedule in July after representatives of the two countries met this week to discuss the details of the plan, especially on issue of automobile and electronic parts.
US has stake in Japan-Mexico FTA
The agreement deserves particular attention in the U.S., not only because it offers insights into future Japanese FTAs, but also because of its long-range implications for integration of North American and Japanese markets.
Korea urges Japan to open up
Japan needs to allow South Korean products greater access to its agricultural and fisheries markets in an effort to advance stalled bilateral free-trade agreement (FTA) talks, South Korean Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong said on Friday.
The rise and rise of Asian trade
A mammoth regional grouping involving Asean and other countries and groups is in the works.
Japan and Indonesia agree to begin talks on free trade deal
Japan and Indonesia agreed on Wednesday to begin negotiations over a free trade agreement (FTA) as early as next month, as Tokyo tries to secure regional clout through trade deals in Southeast Asia.
Interview: Chile turns to Australia in Asia Pacific push
On Friday, Chile will formally unveil free trade agreements with New Zealand, Singapore and Brunei, building on existing agreements with South Korea, Canada, the US and the European Union. Next on Chile’s FTA hit list are Asian giants China, Japan and India.
Japan to drive into Malaysian auto sector with FTA
Japan and Malaysia on Wednesday sealed the outline of a free-trade agreement (FTA) that will open up a major new market for Japanese automakers with the lifting of heavy tariffs on Japanese cars within 10 years.
Japan, Malaysia agree on FTA to open up Malaysian auto sector
Japan and Malaysia reached an agreement Wednesday on a free-trade agreement (FTA) that will open up a major new market for Japanese automakers as Kuala Lumpur agreed to lift tariffs on Japanese cars within 10 years.
Susilo and Koizumi set to officiate FTA talks
Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Japan Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi are set to officially begin negotiations on a bilateral Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) during Susilo’s visit to Japan next week, a minister said.
All systems go for Msia-Japan FTA by December
Commercial linkages between Malaysia and Japan are set increase significantly with both countries having achieved a breakthrough in finalising negotiations for a Japan-Malaysia Economic Partnership Agreement (JMEPA).
Indonesia hopes to expand farm exports to Japan through an FTA
Indonesia hopes to expand farm product exports to Japan through a bilateral free trade agreement, on which the two countries are soon expected to launch formal negotiations.
Japan cool to China bid for a free trade accord
Wu Yi, Chinese deputy prime minister, is urging Japan to start negotiations soon with China on a bilateral free trade agreement, but a Japanese official said Thursday that many barriers to fair trade in China made such a deal unappealing.