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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