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Japan to Remove Effective Tariff on Wheat for Pasta (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 16 (Jiji Press)—Japan's government and ruling bloc are considering eliminating the country's effective tariff on imported wheat used to make flour for pasta, in preparation for the effectuation of its economic partnership agreement with the European Union, it was learned Thursday. With Japan's tariff on pasta from EU countries set to be removed in the eleventh year after the free tr…

Japan, EU Reach Broad Accord in Trade Talks (News)

Brussels, July 5 (Jiji Press)—Japan and the European Union reached a broad accord in their four-year-old trade negotiations on Wednesday, set to create a free trade zone that covers 30% of trade around the globe. Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio and European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstroem, meeting in Brussels, resolved outstanding issues of the EPA negotiations launched in Apr…

A More Confident Japan in a Strong Alliance: Michael Green Speaks

The international scene in East Asia remains fluid, but the new government in place in Tokyo is showing an energetic approach to economic policy and a more stable hand on the tiller of diplomacy. We spoke to the international affairs expert Michael Green about his views on Japanese politics and the country’s place in the regional and global picture.

Behind the New Abe Diplomacy: An Interview with Cabinet Advisor Yachi Shōtarō (Part Two)

In the second half of our interview with Special Cabinet Advisor Yachi Shōtarō, the veteran diplomat speaks out about key foreign-policy challenges facing the Abe cabinet, including controversial plans for the relocation of US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, resolution of the Northern Territories dispute with Russia, and the negotiation of multiple free trade agreements.

TPP Negotiations and Japan

Negotiations are now underway for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with an eye to concluding the free-trade agreement before the end of 2013. Japan only formally joined the negotiations at the final stage. Attention is focused on how well the country will be able to steer TPP rules in a direction that protects its national interests.

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