Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s appointment of Koya Nishikawa as the new Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is a big plus for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Nishikawa is an executive of the so-called ‘agricultural tribe’ (norin zoku) in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). While this suggests to some that he will hold out to the last on the issue of opening Japan’s agricultural markets, Nishikawa may not act as expected.
Real progress in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations has stalled until Japan and the United States reach some kind of basic trade agreement — which is still elusive even after numerous rounds of talks. The United States has been pressuring Japan to make concessions in key areas such as agriculture.
Recently, on its website, the USTR has released a Summary of US objectives in the TPP negotiations
(Reuters) - South Korea will not be welcomed into a planned Pacific free-trade pact until all problems are resolved in carrying out an existing trade deal with the United States, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.
Trade ministers last week met in Singapore to discuss finer points of a potential Trans Pacific Partnership, though much work remains to be done before a final agreement is reached, the U.S. Grains Council says.
TOKYO, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Akira Amari, Japan's minister in charge of the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks, said on Tuesday that Japan may make concessions over sensitive farm products' tariffs, local media reported.
(Reuters) - Washington wants progress on an investment treaty with Beijing before it considers expanding an eventual Pacific-region trade pact to include China, a top U.S. official said on Thursday.
The draft of environment chapter of the TPP negotiations has been leaked by Wikileaks on January 15.
Another leak of documents from inside the secret US-Pacific trade negotiations indicates continued conflict between the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership nations.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States held high-level talks here Monday on Seoul's interest in potentially joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a U.S.-led multilateral trade agreement, officials said.