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Japan's Liberal Democratic Party Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to TPP

© AFP 2022 / JIJI PRESS Ruling coalition lawmakers stand to approve the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal in the lower house of the parliament in Tokyo on November 10, 2016
Ruling coalition lawmakers stand to approve the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal in the lower house of the parliament in Tokyo on November 10, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan said that the TPP deal would significantly benefit the Japanese economy and expressed a hope to resume negotiations with Washington on the issue, according to local media.

A protester holds a placard during a rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Tokyo - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan said they remain committed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal and would proceed with the approval of the agreement in the national parliament, local media reported Thursday.

US President-elect Donald Trump was very critical of the TTP during the his presidential campaign. On Monday, he said that the United States would quit the TPP agreement on the first day of his tenure as president in January.

Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso, a member of LDP, said that the TPP deal would significantly benefit the Japanese economy and expressed a hope to resume negotiations with Washington on the issue, the NHK broadcaster reported.

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LDP's Nobuteru Ishihara, the minister in charge of economic revitalization, said that though the future of TPP deal was put in question, Japan remained strongly committed to the free trade agreement, according to the broadcaster.

The TPP seeks to remove barriers to trade among its 12 signatories, which together account for 40 percent of the world's economy: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.

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