Japanese official: No deal yet in TPP auto talks with U.S., Canada and Mexico

POLITICO:  By Doug Palmer; 09/11/2015 06:57PM EDTJapanese official: No deal yet in TPP auto talks with U.S., Canada and MexicoJapan had "very productive" talks this week with the United States, Canada and Mexico on automotive issues holding up a deal on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, but no agreement was reached, a Japanese official said today.  "There are issues we still have to resolve," Japan's lead auto negotiator, Takeo Mori, told reporters after three days of talks with the North American Free Trade Agreement partners. Negotiators will have to consult with their capitols before deciding the next steps, including the date of any future meeting, he said.  The four countries are attempting to reach agreement on rules of origin determining how much of the value of autos and auto parts has to come from TPP countries to qualify for duty reductions under the proposed 12-nation pact.  Efforts to close the overall TPP deal faltered in late July in Maui when Canada and Mexico objected to a deal worked out by the United States and Japan that contained a more liberal rule of origin than the 20-year-old NAFTA agreement.  The United States and Japan met bilaterally on automotive issues on Wednesday and then expanded the discussion to include Canada and Mexico on Thursday and today.  The four parties agreed not to discuss the substance of the negotiations with the press, Mori said, when asked if the final outcome would look more like the NAFTA rules.