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Anti-TPP group launched, claims TPP violates Constitution

(Tokyo Shimbun: January 25, 2015 – p. 2)    Opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement rallied in Tokyo on Jan. 24 to launch a group to demand an injunction to the ongoing trade talks.    The group, which counts more than 2,400 members, claims that Japan’s participation in the TPP talks violates the Constitution. It has decided to….Read more

  • 2015-01-26 15:00:00
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Government to support export of domestic rescue flying boat

(Nikkei: January 25, 2015 – p. 2)    In order to facilitate exports of the “US-2” domestically-manufactured rescue flying boat to India, the Defense Ministry will begin looking into offering financial assistance to the manufacturer ShinMawywa Industries, Ltd. and support measures for India such as pilot training. As India has been asking Japan to produce parts in India to develop….Read more

  • 2015-01-26 15:00:00
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Japan proposes partial removal of pork tariffs on TPP talks with U.S.

(Nikkei: January 25, 2015 – p. 5)    Japan and the U.S. are again making headway toward reaching an agreement in their talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. Japan is working to increase its rice import quota, partially remove tariffs on pork, and cut beef duties by less than half. The U.S. is responding to Japan’s concession by softening….Read more

  • 2015-01-26 15:00:00
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Japan proposes boosting imports of U.S. rice

(Nikkei: January 25, 2015 – p. 1)    Japan has proposed a plan to add U.S. rice imports to the Japan-U.S. trade negotiations. This is a key to making progress on the overall Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, government sources said.    The Japanese government will likely increase the tariff-free quota for imported rice and import more than 10 thousand….Read more

  • 2015-01-26 15:00:00
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Japan sees EPA with Australia as useful card in TPP talks with U.S.

(Yomiuri: January 16, 2015 – p. 3)    Japan has already signed economic partnership agreements (EPA) with India, Thailand, and several other countries, making Australia the 14th country to conclude an EPA with Japan. However, the impact of the trade pact will be tremendous because Australia is a major agricultural country.    Negotiations for this EPA started in 2007 during….Read more

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Editorial: Work for early TTP agreement to transform trade order

(Nikkei: January 16, 2015 – p. 2)    The economy is a living thing. Trends in technology, modes of transportation, business models, and consumption constantly evolve. The advance toward globalization, where people, products, and money cross national borders, is unstoppable, regardless of how we feel about it. The trade order must also evolve as a framework that adapts to changing….Read more

  • 2015-01-16 15:00:00
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METI estimates mega FTAs to reduce tariffs by 2.5 trillion yen

(Sankei: January 16, 2015 – p. 1)    It was learned on Jan. 15 that if all the mega free trade agreements (FTA) Japan is currently negotiating are actually concluded, tariffs paid by Japanese export industries will be reduced by 2.5137 trillion yen. This was revealed through estimates made by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) recently. This….Read more

  • 2015-01-16 15:00:00
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FY2015 budget seeks to strengthen dairy industry with an eye on TPP

(Mainichi: January 15, 2015 – p. 13)    By Masashi Taguchi    The fiscal 2015 budget proposal allocated 2.309 trillion yen to agriculture related programs, a drop of 0.8% from fiscal 2014.    The government seeks to bolster the competiveness of dairy farmers, as discussions are underway for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact and other economic partnerships. It earmarked 7.5….Read more

  • 2015-01-15 15:00:00
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Japan-China trade volume flat in 2014

(Asahi: January 14, 2015 – p. 5)    Trade volume between Japan and China in 2014 was flat from the previous year. While the two-year period until 2013 saw a decline due to the deterioration of bilateral relations, the downward trend has finally stopped.    With a Japan-China summit meeting being held for the first time in 2.5 years last….Read more

  • 2015-01-14 15:00:00
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Japan, U.S. resume war of nerves over TPP

(Nikkei: January 14, 2015 – p. 4)    By Yukihiro Sakaguchi    On Jan. 12, the day after the candidate endorsed by the ruling parties lost the Saga gubernatorial election, Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy and Economic Revitalization Akira Amari told reporters that this will not affect the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.    The conservative camp was divided in….Read more

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