Trade Agreements Japan
In 2006, spurred on by concerns about access to energy resources, Japan began talks on a free trade agreement with Kuwait and other oil- and gas-rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). There are also growing concerns about trade disadvantages for Japanese companies at a broader international level, leading to free trade agreements with Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand and even some wishful thinking for an agreement between the US and Japan. At the end of 2011, Japan showed interest in negotiating a free trade agreement with Burma. In March 2012, there were signs of an upcoming FTA discussion with Mongolia and Canada.