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  1. Business - Economy - TRADE

    Japan and the United States face off in crucial trans-Pacific trade negotiations

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 02:03pm by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... Japan and the United States on Wednesday began a round of crucial talks aimed at concluding a trade pact seen as critical to the success of regional negotiations, although officials warned ... of Washington’s push to increase its Asian presence, before US President Barack Obama travels to Japan for an April 24-25 state visit. “If there is good will on both sides we can make progress on bridging ...

  2. Business - Economy - TRADE

    Japan’s trade deficit shrinks as exports rise 9.8pc

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 11:15am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Japan’s exports rose 9.8 per cent last month from a year earlier as shipments recovered from a Lunar New Year slowdown, Ministry of Finance data showed on Wednesday. ... of 800.3 billion yen (HK$61.2 billion), higher than the 590 billion yen deficit expected but well below January’s record trade gap of 2.79 trillion yen. Japan has now posted a record 20 months ...

  3. Business - Economy - TRADE

    Free-trade agreements more to do with politics than goods and services

    Posted Apr 24th 2014, 01:14am by DAVID DODWELL

    ... the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which embraces the 10 Asean countries plus China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India; the Pacific Alliance, which covers the Latin American ... as the heart of the economic agenda in President Barack Obama's grand tour of four Asian economies that began in Japan yesterday. But look closely at all of the antics this week on the TPP and you ...

  4. News - Asia - TRADE

    Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal won't be sealed when Obama meets Abe

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 05:37am by Reuters

    ... to Pacific trade negotiations but would not seal a deal, a senior US administration official said. Talks between the United States and Japan seen as vital to a broader regional trade pact had narrowed to a few critical areas and would resume tomorrow, officials of both countries said, as negotiators hustle to prepare for Thursday's summit. Breaking a US-Japan deadlock over access ...

  5. Business - Economy - TRADE

    Japan's trade deficit hits record on weak yen, higher energy costs

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 01:35am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Nuclear plant shutdowns and higher import costs drag down the third-biggest economy Japan deficit hits record on weak yen, energy costs Japan reported a record annual ... "for some time". "It's hard to anticipate when Japan can emerge from trade deficits at this point," said Takeshi Minami, chief economist at Norinchukin Research Institute. ...

  6. Business - Economy - TRADE

    Efforts to restart talks on new tech tariff deal in China's court

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 01:23am by BIEN PEREZ

    ... semiconductors and organic light-emitting diode panels used in television screens and computer monitors. The US sought to exclude only fibre-optic cables, while Japan had none. ...

  7. News - Asia - TRADE

    Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact risks splitting Asean, Manila warns

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 11:03pm by AP

    ... was hurting businesses and jobs, he said. Twelve nations, including the US and Japan, accounting for about 40 per cent of the global economy are negotiating the TPP. It aims to cut tariffs, ease ...

  8. Business - Economy - TRADE

    Market boom swinging south

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:38am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... welcomed foreign investment and Chinese firms were following rivals from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, said John Wong, an economist at the National University of Singapore. "China's ... a win-win, a larger share of Japanese investment is going to Asean and less to China, according to Merrill Lynch. "Escalating geopolitical tensions between Japan and China are driving ...

  9. Business - Economy - TRADE

    Record deficit as Japan's imports soar

    Posted Dec 19th 2013, 01:38am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Record deficit as Japan's imports soar Japan posted a record trade deficit last month, data released yesterday showed, underscoring how soaring energy ... the worst result for November and the 17th consecutive month of shortfall- the longest stretch since comparable data began more than three decades ago. Japan's energy imports surged after ...

  10. Business - Commodities - TRADE

    China broke rules on exports of rare earths, says WTO

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 12:58am by AFP

    ... the European Union and Japan. Beijing insisted that its goal was to conserve its exhaustible natural resources and reduce pollution caused by mining, and argued that it was allowed to do so under WTO ...




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