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Abe calls for rebuilding WTO in Davos speech

  • January 24, 2019
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All national dailies reported on a speech delivered by Prime Minister Abe at an annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday. The papers wrote that Abe stressed the need for rebuilding the WTO and expressed Japan’s readiness to take the lead in establishing international rules for digital data transfer by saying that Japan is determined to preserve and committed to enhancing the free, open, and rules-based international order. He also stated that the trade system should be “fair, transparent, and effective in such areas as intellectual property right protection, e-commerce, and government procurement.” The papers speculated that Abe made this statement with China in mind. He also said that it is necessary for Japan, the United States, and Europe to work together on reforming the WTO, especially with regard to rules on government subsidies.

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