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Japan Minister Says No Accord With US Over TPP Trade Deal

Japan's economy minister said Friday that Tokyo had not reached a basic accord with Washington over a Pacific-wide trade deal despite intense talks.
Japan Minister Says No Accord With US Over TPP Trade Deal

Via AFP:

US officials declared a "breakthrough" Friday after round-the-clock talks with Japan on a trade pact, despite failing to clinch a deal that would have raised hopes of a wider pan-Pacific agreement.

US President Barack Obama left Tokyo empty-handed having arrived Wednesday hoping for demonstrable progress on levering open Japan's tightly guarded auto and agricultural sectors -- key sticking points in setting up the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

That did not appear to happen, as Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emerged from talks on Thursday saying only that they...

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