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Japan's Diet prepares for renewed sparring over TPP

TOKYO -- Japan's upcoming parliamentary session looks likely to see another round of tug-of-war over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with the ruling coalition seeking swift passage while the opposition aims to woo voters with a firmer stance against the trade deal.

"The biggest battle at the extraordinary Diet session will be over the bill to ratify the TPP," a top official of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Wednesday. This focus reportedly comes at the behest of the prime minister's office, which hopes to approve the agreement before the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8, to encourage Washington to follow suit. Both Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump have expressed opposition to the deal.

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