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Trade war

Japan races to ratify TPP ahead of pressure from Trump

Revamped trade pact would help resist US push for a separate deal

From left, Toshimitsu Motegi, the Japanese minister in charge of TPP negotiations, Finance Minister Taro Aso and Foreign Minister Taro Kono listen to a debate at Parliament on April 17.

TOKYO -- Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday began deliberations on the revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government hurries to get the trade and investment pact in force as a bulwark against U.S. demands for a bilateral deal.

The lower house took up a bill that would ratify the 11-member Pacific Rim agreement, which was reworked into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership after the U.S. withdrew in January 2017. 

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