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Most South Korean firms unaware of TPP

By Nam Kwang-sik SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Yonhap) -- A majority of South Korean companies are unaware of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multilateral free trade agreement, although their country is pushing to join it, a poll showed Wednesday. According to the poll of 1,622 companies across the country by the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), 68.1 percent said they are not familiar with the TPP. Only 517 companies said they knew of it.

Businesses in Japan frustrated by lack of progress in TPP talks

Business leaders in Japan have become increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks involving 12 Pacific Rim countries after ministers ended their talks without an agreement in Singapore on Tuesday. The leaders plan to continue their calls on the Japanese government to conclude the TPP talks, arguing no agreement would mean Japan cannot take advantage of potential growth in other parts of Asia through trade liberalization.

TPP countries eye deciding tariff phase-out periods bilaterally

The twelve countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations are considering allowing members to decide tariff phase-out periods on a bilateral basis instead of adopting a unified rule, sources close to the matter said Sunday.

TPP countries eye deciding tariff phase-out periods bilaterally

The twelve countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations are considering allowing members to decide tariff phase-out periods on a bilateral basis instead of adopting a unified rule, sources close to the matter said Sunday.

U.S. senators urge no compromise with Japan in TPP talks

A bipartisan group of United States senators has sent a letter to the country's Trade Representative Michael Froman urging the administration not to make concessions to Japan over tariffs in ongoing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade accord.

U.S. senators urge no compromise with Japan in TPP talks

A bipartisan group of United States senators has sent a letter to the country's Trade Representative Michael Froman urging the administration not to make concessions to Japan over tariffs in ongoing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade accord.

Japan grilled by TPP countries for hours over its sensitive goods

Japan underwent almost six hours of intense questioning by other countries involved in talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade accord over its refusal to open up its market for its sensitive farm products at a meeting of TPP negotiators in Singapore this week. The Japanese position on its five sensitive farm product categories -- rice, wheat, beef and pork, dairy products and sugar -- dominated the discussions in the market access working group meeting that took place for about three hours each on Wednesday and Thursday.

Japan grilled by TPP countries for hours over its sensitive goods

Japan underwent almost six hours of intense questioning by other countries involved in talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade accord over its refusal to open up its market for its sensitive farm products at a meeting of TPP negotiators in Singapore this week. The Japanese position on its five sensitive farm product categories -- rice, wheat, beef and pork, dairy products and sugar -- dominated the discussions in the market access working group meeting that took place for about three hours each on Wednesday and Thursday.

U.S. trade chief unhappy with Japan concessions in TPP talks

The U.S. trade chief said Tuesday Japan has not yet offered enough in bilateral tariff negotiations on contentious issues for an early conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade accord. Referring to ongoing negotiations on agriculture and auto issues, Trade Representative Michael Froman said, "We've not yet achieved a level of market access or the resolution of auto issues that we need to achieve."

Japan may make concessions over farm products duties: TPP minister

Japan's minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks signaled Tuesday that Japan may make concessions over tariffs Tokyo has sought to retain on a total of 586 items in five sensitive farm product groups, amid strong pressure from Washington to open up its agricultural market. Amari said at a press conference that TPP negotiations will never make progress "if there is no change at all" regarding tariffs on the 586 farm products, suggesting that Tokyo may reduce or abolish some of the tariffs.
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