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Exports propel Japan to third straight monthly trade surplus

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2017

A security guard stands at the entrance of a transport container terminal in Tokyo. Japan posted a trade surplus for the third straight month in April, according to data released Monday. | AP

Japan posted a trade surplus for the third straight month in April, helped by a further rise in exports including to the United States, according ...

Led by Japan, Pacific Rim nations agree to pursue revival of TPP

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2017

Keiichi Katakami (left), Japan's chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, heads to a meeting with his counterparts in Hanoi on Saturday. | KYODO

Trade ministers from Japan and 10 other signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement unite over trying to resuscitate the free trade pact. The post Led by Japan, Pacific Rim nations agree...

APEC next to take up trade changes spurred by Trump

via The Japan Times    May 20, 2017

Trade minister Hiroshige Seko and his counterparts from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum attend a meeting Saturday at the National Convention Center in Hanoi. | REUTERS

The Asia-Pacific region kicked off a major trade meeting Saturday to discuss the changing global trade landscape after U.S. President Donald Trump upended the old ...

TPP enactment hangs in balance as 11-member ministers begin talks Sunday

By Tomoyuki Tachikawa
- via The Japan Times    May 18, 2017

Japan is keen to gain agreement on 'high-level rules' agreed on under the TPP, despite the U.S. withdrawing from the pact in January. | BLOOMBERG

Ministers from 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries are scheduled to gather Sunday in Hanoi, with Japan to push for the massive free trade pact to be put into force as soon as possible without th...

Shifting to FTA from TPP to halve economic benefits for U.S.

via The Japan Times    May 14, 2017

Shifting to a free trade agreement with Japan instead of staying with the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact will halve the long-term economic effect on the United States, an economist says. The activa...

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