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Japan May Move on Joining U.S.-led Trade Talks Under Abe

Japan’s new government may move to join U.S.-led trade talks as the Abe administration seeks to help exporters and strengthen ties with the nation’s main ally amid rising tensions with China.

“Japan will deepen discussions on the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership,” Agriculture Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said at a press conference today in Tokyo. His ministry oversees an industry that has led opposition to the TPP out of concern it would hurt domestic farmers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters late yesterday that Japan would “comprehensively consider” joining the talks.