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TPP 11 to discuss writing US out of trade pact

Drug data protection, tariffs among issues for negotiators at next week's Japan meeting

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Japan's Nobuteru Ishihara, center, leaves a meeting of the TPP 11 during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation ministers' conference in Hanoi on May 21, 2017.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Representatives of the 11 countries trying to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment agreement will meet in Japan next week to discuss in depth for the first time how to proceed without America.

The negotiators will gather in the mountain resort town of Hakone, southwest of Tokyo, for three days starting Wednesday in the first TPP talks held in Japan.

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