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Lower house panel OK’s TPP bills

  • November 04, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 9:25 p.m.
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TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A special committee of the House of Representatives approved a proposal Friday to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, along with relevant bills.

At a meeting of the TPP committee, the ratification proposal and the bills were passed with support from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito as well as Nippon Ishin no Kai, a major opposition party.

The ruling camp hopes that the lower house will pass the ratification proposal and the bills in a plenary session on Tuesday, when the U.S. presidential election will take place.

Refusing to vote on the ratification proposal and the bills, members of some opposition parties including the Democratic Party left the committee meeting room.

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