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Opinion

How Abe can make TPP great again

Japan can expand the club, save free trade and promote economic growth

| Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been busily working to counter protectionism led by U.S. President Donald Trump.   © Reuters

Rivals underestimate Shinzo Abe at their peril. Just ask Japan's enfeebled opposition parties, left wondering how Abe rebounded in 2012 from a rather dreadful first turn as prime minister in 2006-2007. Or how he has survived scandal after scandal during a second term that is now nearly six years long and counting.

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