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Japan's Abe plays down chances of renegotiating TPP for Trump

11-nation deal reached without US is as delicate as 'glass,' prime minister says

Abe even tried to sell Trump on the TPP over golf, the prime minister told Japanese lawmakers Monday.

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's apparent newfound openness to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment pact Monday, but stopped short of promising a new deal.

Abe told Japan's lower house budget committee Monday that reworking the Pacific trade deal at this point would be "extremely difficult," likening the existing agreement to a delicate piece of glass artwork.

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