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Japan-Canada Trade Talks Stalled

Posted May 25, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Canadian Press)

Trade talks have stalled between Canada and Japan — one of the Harper government’s priority countries for a breakthrough — because the Asian country has lost interest, The Canadian Press has learned.

An internal memo from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development says the level of progress with Japan has failed to meet expectations since talks opened in March 2012.

The memo says Japan is more interested in the ongoing 12-country Trans- Pacific Partnership talks with several of its neighbours as well as Canada, the United States, Mexico and Australia.

Japan is dragging its heels on a date for the eighth round of bilateral trade talks with Canada, says the note, which was prepared for an April 17 meeting of department officials. Click here to read more.

Related: Trans-Pacific Partnership Blamed for Stalled Japan-Canada Trade Talks (Toronto Star)