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Japan, 10 Others Mulling TPP Effectuation without U.S.

Japan, 10 Others Mulling TPP Effectuation without U.S.

   Tokyo, April 20 (Jiji Press)--Japan and 10 other countries have started considering in earnest putting the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement into effect without the United States, informed sources said Thursday.
   The 11 TPP members will hold a ministerial meeting in Vietnam late May to begin concrete discussions on the matter.
   The focal point is whether Japan will be able to lead discussions to pave the way for an 11-country TPP, as participants have different opinions about the absence of the United States, the sources said.
   The United States has exited from the multilateral framework under the policy of President Donald Trump.
   In his speech in New York on Wednesday, Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso said there will be discussions on the TPP without the United States at the upcoming TPP ministerial meeting.

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