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  • TPP

    Pacific trade talks to extend for another day over drug patent rows

    ATLANTA (Kyodo) -- Continued disputes over pharmaceutical patents and other thorny issues forced ministerial talks on a sweeping Pacific free trade initiative to extend for yet another day to Sunday, a Japanese official said Saturday. The d

    October 4, 2015 02:30 pm JST
  • TPP

    New Zealand warns of longterm fallout if Pacific trade talks fail

    ATLANTA (Reuters) -- New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said on Saturday a landmark Pacific free trade deal is within reach at talks in Atlanta and warned failing to finalize the pact would have worrisome longterm strategic implications. Talk

    October 4, 2015 11:20 am JST
  • TPP

    Negotiations on Pacific trade deal to go on another day

    ATLANTA -- Representatives from the 12 countries trying to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal have given themselves another 24 hours to make the trade pact happen, Japanese chief negotiator Akira Amari told reporters. As they continued last

    October 4, 2015 02:30 am JST
  • Rugby World Cup

    Japan crush Samoa to keep quarter-final dreams alive

    MILTON KEYNES (Reuters) -- Japan rekindled the belief and the fire that helped them stun South Africa to crush rudderless and ragged Samoa 26-5 on Saturday and stay in contention for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. A dominant performance fro

    October 4, 2015 01:23 am JST
  • Joseph E. Stiglitz, Adam S. Hersh

    The trans-Pacific free-trade charade

    NEW YORK -- As negotiators and ministers from the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries meet in Atlanta in an effort to finalize the details of the sweeping new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), some sober analysis is warranted. The bigges

    October 3, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • TPP talks

    Pacific trade negotiators in last-minute struggle over drug patents

    ATLANTA (Kyodo) -- Twelve Pacific Rim countries on Friday continued last-minute efforts for the conclusion of a free trade initiative, making limited progress as they struggled with thorny issues such as drug patents and market access for dairy prod

    October 3, 2015 12:15 pm JST
  • Going into overtime

    Dairy, drug data bring trade talks down to the wire

    ATLANTA -- As negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement here run into overtime, dairy products and pharmaceutical data remain the toughest nuts to crack, even as the 12 participating countries move closer to a resolution on autom

    October 3, 2015 05:40 am JST
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Vietnam, Canada ready to drop tariffs on Japan autos

    ATLANTA -- Vietnam and Canada are expected to agree to eliminate import tariffs on Japanese automobiles within 10 years of a Pacific Rim trade deal coming into force. Trade ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnershi

    October 3, 2015 05:00 am JST
  • Heading back out

    Sekisui House, other Japanese homebuilders seeking growth abroad

    OSAKA -- Sekisui House is among the Japanese homebuilders going on the offensive overseas with major projects in Australia and greater Asia. The Osaka-based company plans to construct 6,200 units, including luxury condominiums, in Australia by f

    October 3, 2015 02:16 am JST
  • Pacific trade ministers vow to reach deal but extra time needed

    ATLANTA (Reuters) -- Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific nations meeting in Atlanta extended talks on a sweeping trade deal until Saturday in a bid to get a final agreement on the most ambitious trade pact in a generation. Officials extended ta

    October 2, 2015 11:04 am JST
  • Personal connection

    Japan tighter with Australia than US in trade talks

    ATLANTA -- Skepticism about American efforts to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations has again brought the Japanese and Australian trade ministers together, continuing two decades of close ties. Akira Amari and Andrew Robb got tog

    October 2, 2015 06:13 am JST
  • Hung up on drug data, dairy

    TPP negotiations stall for want of leadership

    ATLANTA -- Talks on dairy products, medical data and other thorny issues between the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership are largely deadlocked, as individual interests threaten to derail an agreement in the absence of strong leader

    October 2, 2015 03:04 am JST
  • Nearing accord on farm products

    Japan agrees to slash pork, beef tariffs

    ATLANTA -- Japan has largely agreed to reduce tariffs on pork, beef and other items under the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, leaving dairy products and rice as the final sticking points in the agricultural products area. The 4.3% tar

    October 2, 2015 02:15 am JST
  • KKR buys 10 pct stake in Australia copper miner Oz Minerals

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- U.S.-based KKR & Co LP has bought a 10 percent stake in Australian copper miner Oz Minerals Ltd, a relatively rare step by private equity into mining that sent Oz shares soaring to their biggest one-day gains in 14 years. The

    October 1, 2015 02:11 pm JST
  • Daniel Twining

    The politics (and geopolitics) of TPP's prosperity promises

    One way to make sense of the current world is to measure the progress of rules-based order versus coercion-based disorder. The latter category includes the collapse of state structures in the Middle East at the hands of violent extremists, Russia's

    October 1, 2015 01:30 pm JST
  • Pacific trade ministers push to wrap up ambitious trade deal

    ATLANTA (Reuters) -- Pacific trade ministers readied on Wednesday to close the biggest trade deal in a generation but warned there was still work to be done on issues ranging from intellectual property to trade in dairy and automobiles. Australi

    October 1, 2015 08:31 am JST
  • Australia's new leader inspires guarded optimism on economy

    SYDNEY -- The stunning coup that installed Malcolm Turnbull as Australia's prime minister in mid-September was welcome news to financial markets, with newly hopeful investors lifting stocks and the home currency. Tony Abbott's botched economic p

    October 1, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • From the pages of Monocle: Pasta craftsman

    SYDNEY -- "Just two people found us on the first night," says Italian chef Stefano Manfredi of his first restaurant, which opened 32 years ago on Harris Street in Sydney's Ultimo neighborhood. "But they were an elegant couple." Manfredi opened hi

    October 1, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Profitable conversion

    Rugby World Cup becomes money spinner

    TOKYO -- The Rugby World Cup has become the third-largest global sports event after the FIFA World Cup and the Summer Olympics. As the popularity of the event grows, it is becoming a huge business machine, with record audience sizes and rev

    September 30, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Michael Wesley

    Seaborne threats grow as Asia's coastal nations gather arms

    In Asia, where the enrichment and empowerment of many states is driving growing rivalries, the greatest question of our time is how these contests will play out. The region's geography gives us an important part of the answer. Asia is divided in

    September 29, 2015 07:00 pm JST