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Japan eager to seal EPA with EU

  • November 18, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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Most papers reported that the GOJ convened a taskforce meeting on Thursday to affirm the Abe administration’s policy of reaching a rough accord on sealing a free trade deal with the EU this year with the goal of resurrecting the TPP, whose effectuation appears to be becoming difficult following the election of Donald Trump. Yomiuri wrote that by signing an EPA with the EU at an early date, Japan is keen to demonstrate its commitment to free trade out of fear that more nations will be prompted to adopt a protectionist approach in response to President-elect Trump’s opposition to the free trade accord in the Asia-Pacific region.


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