Japanese FTA Policy from Institutional and Historical Perspectives

  • Starts: 4:30 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2015
  • Ends: 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Speaker: Professor Motoshi Suzuki, Faculty of Law at Kyoto University. Research focus: international political economy and global governance.

Chair: Professor William Grimes, Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies

Although Japan is the world’s third largest economy and fourth largest participant in world trade, it has been relatively timid in negotiating and implementing free trade agreements (FTAs). While the number of Japan’s FTAs has grown to fourteen since its first pact with Singapore in 2002, Japan’s FTAs exhibit lower levels of trade liberalization than those of other developed economies. Moreover, Japan’s FTAs cover a small proportion of its total trade. Only in 2012 did those patterns significantly change, with Japan’s entry into the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership - a high-standard agreement that includes the United States and ten other economies. This talk will examine the domestic politics of Japan’s FTA policies in order to explain continuities and change in its FTA strategy.

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