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Japan hopes U.S. returns to TPP: Japan welcomes a positive stance by the United States toward an Asia-Pacific trade pact, but indicated that altering the agreement at this point would be very difficult.

Japan’s chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Kazuyoshi Umemoto, told Reuters that an agreement among the remaining 11 member nations, set to be signed next month, may have had an impact on the United States.

“We have been working, motivated by hopes that the United States would return to the trade pact soon. We welcome it becoming positive toward the TPP,” Umemoto said on Tuesday.

Japan took the lead in forging the revised trade pact after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled America out of an earlier 12-nation version last year, saying he wanted to seek one-on-one deals that would be more beneficial to the United States.

Eleven countries finalised the pact in January and will sign it in Chile on March 8. Read more

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Japan hopes U.S. returns to TPP: Japan welcomes a positive stance by the United States toward an Asia-Pacific trade pact, but indicated that altering the agreement at this point would be very difficult.

Japan’s chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Kazuyoshi Umemoto, told Reuters that an agreement among the remaining 11 member nations, set to be signed next month, may have had an impact on the United States.

“We have been working, motivated by hopes that the United States would return to the trade pact soon. We welcome it becoming positive toward the TPP,” Umemoto said on Tuesday.

Japan hopes U.S. returns to TPP: Japan welcomes a positive stance by the United States toward an Asia-Pacific trade pact, but indicated that altering the agreement at this point would be very difficult.

Japan’s chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Kazuyoshi Umemoto, told Reuters that an agreement among the remaining 11 member nations, set to be signed next month, may have had an impact on the United States.

“We have been working, motivated by hopes that the United States would return to the trade pact soon. We welcome it becoming positive toward the TPP,” Umemoto said on Tuesday.