Dec 16

Past Event

Deep Integration in Mega Trade Agreements: What Role for Japan and the United States?



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For nearly two decades, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has struggled to update the rules for international trade and investment. As WTO negotiations have stalled, the agenda of deeper economic integration is being addressed through mega trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and Japan-EU FTA. With many leading economies negotiating agreements that will impact a significant percentage of global trade, the stakes are high. Will the mega trade agreements succeed in the areas that have eluded the WTO? Will these agreements generate trade standards that can be accepted globally? Or will they produce fragmentation with the emergence of a Pacific standard and an Atlantic standard?

On December 16, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies hosted a public seminar examining the priorities in the rules area of trade negotiations for Japan, Europe, and the United States, with the aim of identifying shared agendas and strategies to bridge differences at the negotiation table. The speakers, experts and practitioners from the United States and Japan specifically addressed the TPP, TTIP, and the Japan-EU FTA and examine the broader strategic interests of drafting and disseminating high quality standards of economic integration and rule of law, and whether that can encourage further market reform and regulatory transparency in emerging economies such as China and India.

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Event Agenda

  • Introduction and Moderator

  • Panelists

    • Ambassador John K. Veroneau


      Covington & Burling LLP

    • Yorizumi Watanabe

      Professor of International Political Economy

      Keio University, Japan

    • Michitaka Nakatomi

      Consulting Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)

      Advisor, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

    • Bruce Stokes

      Director of Global Economic Attitudes, PEW Research Center

      Nonresident Transatlantic Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund


December 16, 2013

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.


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