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Diet set to approve bill on U.S.-Japan trade agreements

  • December 4, 2019
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All national dailies wrote that the Upper House Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee passed a bill on Tuesday to approve the U.S.-Japan trade agreements by a majority vote with support from the ruling LDP and its coalition partner the Komeito Party and the Japan Innovation Party. The papers wrote the bill is expected to be approved at an Upper House plenary session on Wednesday to pave the way for effectuating the bilateral accords on January 1.  


Asahi claimed Diet deliberation on the agreements was rushed out of consideration for the Trump administration’s hope to produce swift results ahead of the presidential election in November 2020. The paper also asserted that although the Abe administration insists that the agreements are a “win-win deal,” apprehension remains that the accords could be disadvantageous to Japan.

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