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Japan pushing to preserve agreed-on TPP framework

In resurrecting the pact without US, Tokyo hopes to avoid renegotiation

The signing ceremony for the TPP was held in February 2016.

TOKYO -- In moving ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership without the U.S., Japan will urge other member nations to stick with the tariff and commerce agreements reached under the previous 12-country framework to avoid tricky renegotiation.

The Japanese government will convey its wish to maintain the existing framework when representatives of the 11 countries meet in Canada for two days in early May. Japan seeks to affirm unity at a ministerial-level meeting in Vietnam later that month and reach a consensus in November when heads of government meet at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

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