(Nikkei: December 1, 2015 – p. 4)
Akira Amari, minister of state for economic and fiscal policy and minister of economic revitalization, delivered a speech on Nov. 30 in Tokyo. In connection with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, Amari said in his speech: “As many as five countries and regions have informally expressed to me their strong interest in participating in the TPP.” Reportedly, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, and other countries have indicated interest in the TPP. He apparently made the remarks with these countries in mind.
Amari said: “Japan welcomes new entrants and would like to support them kindly.” He then added: “As a broad agreement has been reached on the TPP talks, some countries participating in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations are worried that they may be left behind. I think the number of TPP participating countries will gradually increase.”