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Japan Is Willing to Join TPP without U.S., despite Trump's Statements

Tokyo, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) Japan today said that it will continue the negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Economic Cooperation Partnership (TPP), along with ten other countries, whether the United States tries to return to the deal that President Donald Trump torpedoed a year ago.
The fact that the United States leaves an open door to return to the TPP will not affect Tokyo's agenda to boost a substitute pact; that is, the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Japanese Minister for Economic Revitalization Toshimitsu Motegi said.

In statements to CNBC on Thursday in the framework of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump said that he was willing to reconsider his country's participation in the TPP 'if we could get a much better agreement'.

The president noted that 'the way in which (the partnership) was structured was terrible'. If we get a much better one, I would be open to the TPP, he said.

For now, Motegi reaffirmed that the 11 countries that are still loyal to the original TTP have agreed on the clauses of a new deal, the CPTTP, and they will continue to work to complete it and to sign it at a meeting scheduled for March in Chile

However, the head of the Japanese delegation at the talks did not shut the doors on Trump's face and noted that if he recognizes the importance of the TPP, Tokyo would be willing to 'explain the contents of the CPTPP to the United States, in case of a request.'

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