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Tokyo to push for TPP without US, says Aso

Japan's deputy PM confident of quick deal with 10 original signatory countries

Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso

TOKYO -- Japan wants to convince 10 other Pacific Rim countries to enter into the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal without the U.S., Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday.

In a reversal of earlier reticence about a TPP minus the U.S., Japan now intends to be a ringleader in getting Australia, Canada, Mexico and seven other countries to swiftly agree to such an arrangement, perhaps by the end of the year.

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