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With TPP ratification in sight, Abe raises banner of free trade

Thailand, South Korea and Taiwan show interest in joining

Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan is on track to become the second of the 11 TPP member countries to ratify the agreement, after Mexico.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The reworked Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement moved a little closer to enactment after a nod from Japan's parliament Friday, a boost to multilateralism as a counterweight to the increasingly self-interested U.S. and China.

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