Elections Won't Soften TPP Issues
Richard Smith DTN Tokyo Correspondent
Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:04 PM CST

TOKYO (DTN) -- Those pining for the Dec. 14 Japan election results to prompt faster movement on the Trans-Pacific Partership (TPP) agreement negotiations will find their hopes let down.

The election allowed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, along with its junior coalition partner Komeito, to grab 325 of the 475 Japanese parliament Lower House seats.

But the Japanese government will not push for faster resolution in the trade negotiations, Cabinet Secretariat Counsellor for Public Relations on the TPP Motoyuki Ishize told DTN.

"Our position until now will definitely not change," Ishize said.

A 2005 pact among Brunei, Chile, ...

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