Japan's minister in charge of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks is pledging his utmost efforts for the upcoming TPP ministerial conference in Australia. The meeting of the 12 countries participating in the TPP free trade negotiations will begin in Sydney on Saturday.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remains “completely neutral” on whether to raise the national sales tax, Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Sunday even as he expressed concern about the strength of the country’s economic recovery.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely make a final judgment by early December on whether to carry out the second round of Japan's consumption tax hike next year, economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari has said.
Akira Amari, Japan's minister in charge of talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative, said Sunday he will meet with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman prior to ministerial talks on the multilateral trade deal that start in Singapore on Monday.
Akira Amari, Japan's minister in charge of negotiations over the envisioned Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, speaks with reporters at Tokyo's Haneda airport on May 5, 2014, before leaving for Paris to attend a two-day ministerial meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.