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TPP Countries to Discuss Effectuation without U.S.: Japan's Aso

TPP Countries to Discuss Effectuation without U.S.: Japan's Aso

   New York, April 19 (Jiji Press)--Japan and 10 other signatory nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will discuss the possibility of putting the free trade pact into force without the participation of the United States, Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso said Wednesday.
   The possibility will be discussed in a ministerial meeting in late May, Aso said in a speech in New York.
   "I don't know what kind of agreement we'll be arriving at, but I think there will be talk about doing it with 11 countries, without the United States," he said.
   The comments signal a policy change in Japan, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said a TPP without the United States would be meaningless.
   U.S. President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the 12-member TPP immediately after taking office in January.

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