JAMA 'WELCOMES' JAPAN JOINING TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TALKS

     (The following statement from Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, 
Inc., was received by e-mail and was reformatted. The sender verified the 
statement.) 
March 15, 2013 
JAMA Comment on the Japanese Government Announcement to Join the Trans-Pacific 
Partnership Agreement Talks                                                      
Akio Toyoda, Chairman                                                          
Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.
Statement: 
JAMA welcomes today's announcement by the Government of Japan to participate in 
negotiations toward a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. 
For decades the Japanese automobile industry has engaged in constructive and 
extensive business activities in the Asia-Pacific region. 
JAMA believes that the establishment of high level economic partnership would, 
among other benefits, promote free trade and provide common rules across a 
variety of sectors such as investment, trade facilitation and intellectual 
property rights which generally advance business opportunities in the region. 
We look forward to sustained and vigorous efforts on the part of the Japanese 
government towards an early realization of an agreement which can truly benefit 
the automobile industry. 
(kgt)NY