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Amari says every nation hopes to make TPP ministerial “the last negotiation”

  • 2015-07-28 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
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(Sankei: July 28, 2015 – p. 10)


 Akira Amari, the minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), departed on July 27 for Hawaii to attend a TPP ministerial meeting there. Before he left, Amari told a group of reporters at Haneda Airport: “This meeting is the last chance to conclude negotiations at the best timing. I want to do my best to produce an outcome that will be a win-win situation for every participating country,” expressing his eagerness to reach a general agreement.


 Amari provided the following analysis on the ministerial meeting scheduled to begin on July 28 (July 29 Japan time): “Each country will come to the negotiations with the determination to make this meeting the final one. While keeping national interests in mind, I want to do my best to produce a good outcome.”


 Regarding Canada, which is apparently lagging behind in the negotiations, Amari said, “I sense the country’s eagerness to conclude negotiations at this ministerial meeting,” emphasizing Canada’s positive attitude.


 In the meantime, the Liberal Democratic Party also sent a delegation of its lawmakers to Hawaii. TPP Affairs Committee Chairman Hiroshi Moriyama told a group of reporters at Narita Airport, “We must pursue national interests to the maximum extent.”

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