RIETI Special Seminar

The New Landscape of World Trade with Mega-FTAs and Japan's Strategy

  • Program, Handouts and Video
  • Summary


As the Doha Round negotiations continue to stagnate, moves toward extensive cross-regional economic partnerships called mega-FTAs, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), are accelerating around the world in a bid to set international trade rules.

In this seminar entitled "The New Landscape of World Trade with Mega-FTAs and Japan's Strategy," leading experts on international trade from Japan and the United States will share their insights into the future of the global trade regime and discuss Japan's strategy in the light of the ongoing negotiations for mega-FTAs. Following their lectures, participants will be invited to join a question and answer session. It is hoped that this seminar will provide an opportunity to provide better understanding of the future direction and challenges of the global trade regime.


  • Time and Date: 16:00-18:00, Monday, February 17, 2014
  • Venue: Iino Hall and Conference Center (2-1-1 Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
  • Languages: English / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: Free
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Contact: RIETI, (Ms.) Kimiko MARUTAKE
    Tel: 03-3501-8398 / Fax: 03-3501-8416

Streaming video footage and handouts pertaining to the event will be available for download from the RIETI website after the event. For information on RIETI's privacy policy and use of images and videos obtained from RIETI events, please visit the RIETI website at http://www.rieti.go.jp/en/privacy/portrait_right.html.


16:00 - 16:05 Opening Remarks and Speaker Introduction

FUJITA Masahisa's photo

FUJITA Masahisa (President and Chief Research Officer, RIETI / Professor, Konan University / Adjunct Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)

16:05 - 17:05 Presentation 1: "The New Landscape of World Trade: The TPP, RCEP and other mega-regional negotiations"

Peter A. PETRI's photo

Peter A. PETRI (Carl Shapiro Professor of International Finance, the Brandeis International Business School)

17:05 - 17:35 Presentation 2: "Mega-FTA Negotiations and Japan's FTA Strategy"

URATA Shujiro's photo

URATA Shujiro (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University)

17:35 - 18:00 Q&A Session

*Agenda is subject to change