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  • Trump negotiating with several countries over tariffs: White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump is negotiating with a number of countries over the possibility of providing exemptions to new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the White House said on Friday."He's ... working with a number o

    March 17, 2018 08:24 am JST
  • The 'TPP 11' is signed, and ready to welcome more members

    SANTIAGO, Chile The revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact was signed on March 8 in Chile's capital. The deal is positioned to serve as a critical bastion against the U.S. administration's protectionist policies as the pact is set to take effe

    March 15, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • G-20 finance chiefs to discuss fair trade, cryptocurrencies

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers are expected to exchange views on the rise of protectionist trade policy and regulations on virtual currencies when they gather in Argentina next week.The two-day meeting from Monday

    March 14, 2018 09:44 pm JST
  • 'TPP 11' emerges as bulwark against American protectionism

    SANTIAGO -- The revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact signed here Thursday is positioned to serve as a critical bastion against the Trump administration's protectionist policies amid prospects of taking effect this year and welcoming new memb

    March 10, 2018 02:00 pm JST
  • Trump may exempt more countries from tariffs: Treasury's Mnuchin

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump could exempt more countries from trade tariffs, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday.Trump signed an order for 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and 10 percent for aluminum at th

    March 10, 2018 05:08 am JST
  • Eleven countries sign revamped TPP in Chile

    SANTIAGO, Chile -- Eleven Pacific Rim countries signed the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership here Thursday afternoon, finalizing the trade and investment agreement just over a year after the American withdrawal left its fate in question.The pact, re

    March 9, 2018 05:32 am JST
  • Japan's TPP trade-off lets Chile star as signing host

    TOKYO -- The 11 remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are set to sign their new pact in Chile on Thursday afternoon, local time, and Japan's diplomatic dealings were a decisive factor in the choice of venue.Japan took up the torch for p

    March 8, 2018 04:30 pm JST
  • Once a world leader, Asia now trails in women lawmakers

    TOKYO -- Back in 1995, Asia was at the forefront of breaking the political glass ceiling for women. Twenty-three years later, the region has fallen behind the world average.Asia's average proportion of women in parliament -- lower and upper houses c

    March 8, 2018 12:10 pm JST
  • White House opens door to tariff exclusions for some countries

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The White House on Wednesday raised the possibility that U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could exclude a clutch of countries other than Canada and Mexico as pressure grew on U.S. President Donald Trump to impose ta

    March 8, 2018 06:52 am JST
  • Trump to push ahead with tariffs, piles pressure on China trade

    WASHINGTON/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) -- A defiant U.S. President Donald Trump looked set to authorize steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminium this week as he stepped up pressure on China to develop a plan to reduce its trade imbalance with the Unit

    March 8, 2018 05:20 am JST
  • Cover story

    TPP 11: How Asia took the lead in free trade

    SINGAPORE/MEXICO CITY -- Duong Ngoc Minh is sometimes called Vietnam's "Catfish King" for his role in creating a global market for panga, a fish known for its low price, white flesh and mild flavor. A type of shark catfish, the panga thrives in crow

    March 7, 2018 02:00 pm JST
  • Trump faces pushback on tariffs but says he will not back down

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump faced growing pressure on Monday from political and diplomatic allies as well as U.S. companies urging him to pull back from proposed steel and aluminum tariffs, although he said he would stick to

    March 6, 2018 09:59 am JST
  • China asks US for talks to defuse trade tensions

    BEIJING (AP) -- A person briefed on the matter says President Xi Jinping's top economic adviser has told U.S. business leaders in Washington that China hopes the White House will revive high-level dialogue on economic disputes and name a new chief l

    March 3, 2018 03:37 pm JST
  • Stocks, US dollar fall on fears Trump starting trade war

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Stocks tumbled on Wall Street while the U.S. dollar fell on Thursday after President Donald Trump said the United States would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, sparking fears of a harmful global trade war.U.S. stee

    March 2, 2018 06:57 am JST
  • GLP looks beyond warehouse lending business

    TOKYO -- GLP moved toward becoming more than a warehouse operator with its attempt to improve logistic services to reduce customers' costs.GLP, formally known as Global Logistic Properties, announced on Thursday plans to launch wholly-owned subsidia

    March 1, 2018 09:24 pm JST
  • Race on to deliver doping-free Tokyo Olympics

    TOKYO -- The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, drew to a close on Sunday having produced some iconic sporting moments. But the event has also made it abundantly clear that much work needs to be done in the fight against doping before

    February 27, 2018 12:35 pm JST
  • Revised TPP faces obstacles on road to ratification

    TOKYO -- The remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact will soon sign a revised agreement, but the big question remains whether local politics -- like those in the U.S. -- will once again emerge as a stumbling block.Japan, which

    February 24, 2018 02:15 pm JST
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    Emerging markets face credit challenges in tightening cycle, ESM head warns

    TOKYO -- As the U.S. and European countries embark on a monetary tightening cycle, emerging economies could be hit by a liquidity squeeze, a European official in charge of financial stability says."Those have to be careful -- who have debt in foreig

    February 23, 2018 02:00 pm JST
  • TPP's remaining members ease path for trade deal

    TOKYO -- The 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact has looser provisions for full implementation than in the original version, according to the final text released Wednesday.For the so-called TPP-11 to go into force, at least six countries,

    February 23, 2018 02:42 am JST
  • Australian miners ramp up investment in electric-vehicle metals

    SYDNEY -- Australia's mining companies are shelling out more to find copper and other materials used in electric vehicles as demand for the next-generation automobiles grows.Anglo-Australian mining group BHP Billiton looks to invest $6.9 billion in

    February 22, 2018 12:15 pm JST