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'TPP 11' to Washington: We'll keep your seat warm

Remaining trade pact members look to lure US back with smooth re-entry

Keiichi Katakami, Japan's top negotiator on the TPP, at talks in Canada this month pushed for keeping the pact's terms intact even without the U.S.

TOKYO -- The 11 remaining signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership intend to proceed without the U.S. but lay an easy path for its return, hoping to tempt Washington back to the table.

The U.S. withdrew from the trade agreement in January, leaving Japan as the largest economy in the group. Tokyo hopes to execute the TPP under the pact's current terms.

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