• 28-May-2004 Korea’s FTA Conundrum
    Korea’s FTA conundrum

    After a protracted courtship, Korea and Japan finally agreed last month to start negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).

  • 27-May-2004 What benefit will FTAs bring to the Japanese economy?
    What benefit will FTAs bring to the Japanese economy?

    Let me first give you four reasons why economic partnership agreements (EPAs), which cover broader areas than free trade agreements (FTAs), are important. The first reason is that FTAs are now a world "rule of the game," and Japan is at a disadvantage in not taking part in the game.

  • 27-May-2004 Japan’s FTA strategy
    Japan’s FTA strategy

    Amid the advance of economic globalization, it is important to maintain and strengthen the free trade system. While the World Trade Organization continues to play an important role in this effort, free trade agreements (FTAs) offer a means of strengthening partnerships in areas not covered by the WTO and achieving liberalization beyond levels attainable under the WTO.

  • 27-May-2004 Japan: Red tape, resistance block free trade accords
    Japan: Red tape, resistance block free trade accords

    Correctly tweaked, the numbers make perfect sense - free trade agreements (FTAs) between Japan and South-east Asian countries could provide a much-needed fillip to the moribund Japanese economy, and will in turn give a boost to a region in which Japan is already the biggest investor.

  • 27-May-2004 Japan’s policy to strengthen economic partnership
    Japan’s policy to strengthen economic partnership

     Promoting Economic Partnership Agreements with closely related countries and regions

  • 26-May-2004
    Japan Needs FTAs

    Free trade agreements are now becoming the rule in world trade and Japan is at a big disadvantage if it does not take part in the game.

  • 26-May-2004
    Businesses Lukewarm on Korea-Japan FTA

    In contrast to the recent push for adopting a free trade agreement (FTA) with Chile, leading business organizations, including the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) and Korea Federation of Small Business (KFSB), take a cautious approach to back ongoing FTA talks with Japan.

  • 17-May-2004
    Japan-Korea FTA Study Group Report

    In July 2002, Japan and Korea established a Joint Study Group, composed of representatives from the government, business and academia of both countries, to appraise the possibility of establishing the Japan-Korea Free Trade Agreement (JKFTA).

  • 11-May-2004 Govt aiming to expand scope of free trade agreements
    Japan aiming to expand scope of free trade agreements

    The government has decided to expand the scope of its free trade agreement negotiations with several Asian countries, including South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia, aiming to conclude comprehensive economic partnership agreements (EPAs), government officials said Wednesday.

  • 11-May-2004
    Korea: Employers Concerned About FTA With Japan

    The Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) on Friday proposed that the government take a cautious approach to the ongoing Korea-Japan free trade agreement (FTA) talks, demanding a delay of in the schedule for cutting tariffs on Japanese imports.

  • 24-Apr-2004 FPCJ
    Japan and Mexico agree on conclusion of free-trade agreement

    On March 12 Japan and Mexico reached virtual accord on the conclusion of a bilateral free-trade agreement following 16 months of negotiations.

  • 14-Apr-2004 PICIS Statement against the Korea-Japan Bilateral Investment Treaty
    PICIS Statement against the Korea-Japan BIT

    Between 20th and 24th December, representatives from the two countries will meet in Tokyo and finalise the text of the BIT that has been under much criticism from peoples’ movements of both Korea and Japan.

  • 5-Apr-2004 Asahi Shimbun
    Japan: Free trade with Mexico

    Japan and Mexico have reached a basic accord on free trade. Japan promises to increase imports of pork, oranges and other agricultural products from Mexico, while that country says it will import more steel, automobiles and other industrial products from Japan.

  • 2-Apr-2004
    FTAs With Other Asian Nations

    Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Tuesday ordered his Cabinet ministers to work together to accelerate free-trade negotiations with other Asian nations.

  • 24-Mar-2004
    FTA talks in cards with Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines - Japan

    Japan will hold free-trade talks early next year with Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Thursday.

  • 24-Mar-2004 Accurate Understanding of FTAs is Essential!
    Accurate Understanding of FTAs is Essential!

    The 5th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Cancun, Mexico, ended without consensus, clouding the prospects for the ongoing negotiations over the Doha Development Agenda.

  • 23-Mar-2004
    Japan-Singapore EPA (2000)

  • 17-Mar-2004
    Japan-Malaysia EPA: Joint Study Group Report

    During his visit to five ASEAN countries including Malaysia in January 2002, the Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, proposed the “Initiative for Japan-ASEAN Comprehensive Economic Partnership”, to which the then Prime Minister of Malaysia, H.E. Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad gave his full support.

  • 17-Mar-2004
    Japan-Thailand EPA: Joint Task Force Report

    During his official visit to Japan in November 2001, the Thai Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra, proposed to Japanese Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, that Thailand and Japan should explore together the possibility of establishing a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

  • 17-Mar-2004
    Japan-Philippines EPA: Joint Coordinating Team Report


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