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Calls mounting in U.S. for bilateral FTA with Japan

Asahi reported on mounting calls in the U.S. for seeking a bilateral FTA with Japan in view of President-elect Trump’s opposition to the TPP. Senator Hatch, who is a strong proponent of the TPP, reportedly said on Wednesday that given the President-elect’s opposition to it, “an agreement with Japan would be an alternative.” During a press conference in Tokyo yesterday, Iowa Governor Branstad voiced hope for a bilateral economic partnership accord between the U.S. and Japan. However, the GOJ is negative about the idea, with an unnamed senior METI official saying: “If we start such negotiations now, we would just end up rekindling trade conflict. We will absolutely not do that.”  

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