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Noda puts off decision on TPP until after trip to U.S.

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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has confirmed that the Japanese government will not make a final decision on whether to take part in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks until after his summit with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on April 30.

Noda told the Washington Post last week that the ruling Democratic party of Japan (DPJ) is still trying to forge a consensus on the issue, but that he himself believes it is important for japan to join the TPP at some stage.

The TPP had been expected to be on the summit agenda for Noda's visit which will now focus on the Futenma issue and North Korea, government sources said.

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The TPP had been expected to be on the summit agenda for Noda’s visit which will now focus on the Futenma issue and North Korea, government sources said

Smart move. Noda would have been forced to either agree with Obama's stated postion that Japan must be willing to put everything on the table for negotiation -- cars, agriculture, insurance, etc. -- or challenge Obama on his home turf. As they say, discretion is the better part of valor.

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a little bit of misdirection for the Japanese public...... rule 1 for any magician

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I thought the decision to join the talks had been made? Noda was all for it and preliminary talks have already begun. Now Noda has changed his mind and seems to have adopted the LDP position of not joining the talks. Talk about a useless waste of space.

Japan should not join the talks because they are not willing to allow free trade in all goods.

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The TPP will be 'history' after November, when Mr Obama failed to be the next president of US!

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Wow.... a Japanese PM putting off a decision. There's something new!

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IMHO, the TPP is a Tea-Pee-Pee! Japan needs one, but they are not yet ready for that.

Learn all failures from NAFTA.

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Hop to it N-chan! TTP will save Japan AND provide consumers with more choices.

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There seems to be some misconception that the TPP is a United States-thing. It's not. The first countries to create the pact were Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore in 2005. The United States didn't decide to opt-in until 2008 and they're STILL negotiating to join the TPP (just like Japan is.)

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There seems to be some misconception that the TPP is a United States-thing.

It is a de-facto U.S. thing. Japan has FTA and/or EPA with most of the participating members already.

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It is a de-facto U.S. thing.

How? The U.S. hasn't even been accepted as a member by the existing signatories, yet! The U.S. currently has no say over the TPP.

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How? The U.S. hasn't even been accepted as a member by the existing signatories, yet! The U.S. currently has no say over the TPP.

The original members big target has been U.S., the largest economy in the world. Of course, U.S. has the say over the TPP including what conditions Japan must oblige to in order to enter the official "negotiations".

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Pretty odd when a non-member dictates to members how other non-members can apply. If what you're saying is true, you'd think the existing members would have just waved the U.S. in back in 2008 without any debate.

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Pretty odd when a non-member dictates to members how other non-members can apply. If what you're saying is true, you'd think the existing members would have just waved the U.S. in back in 2008 without any debate.

Funny isn't it? In order for Japan to officially join the "negotiations" with the party members, they must get approval from members and negotiating members (ala U.S. and Australia)

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Saw a full-page ad in today's Washington Post urging the U.S. to not approve the TPP because it would result in the end of the world. Ok, it didn't really come to that conclusion but the purported effects were DIRE. Found the ad:

Don't Let the TPP Rob Your Future

The stringent Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement would destroy jobs, lower living standards, increase economic inequality and hand the future to multinational corporations. It is exactly the wrong solution for America and the world.

Join millions of Japanese citizens who dispute the TPP, including a majority of the Diet, 80% of local legislatures and 11.67 million citizens who signed a petition opposing it.

Say NO to the TPP.

(Sponsored by:) Seikatsu Club Consumers' Co-operative Union; Daichi wo Mamoru Kai; Pal System Consumers Cooperative Union; JA-ZENCHU (Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives); National Chamber of Agriculture; National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations; National Federation of Forest Owners' Co-operative Associations; Japan Dairy Council

Representative Office: (Address in Tokyo and email address given here)

You folks who actually live there would be able to better understand whether this ad is accurate or misleading. What surprises me is the large number of co-ops sponsoring this. Also, hasn't Japan already handed its future to multinational corporations? Aren't these people a little late in trying to blame TPP for this?

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with Japan currently resisting to open there agriculture to Australia in there FTA negotiations, how in hell do they expect to join the TPP when most of the TPP members will demand Japan do the same!? sorry Japan you dont have a hope, Korea will be rubbing there hands all the way to the bank when Japan fails in there bid. LOL

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