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Who Benefits from Japan Joining TPP?

Author: M. Hanscom Smith, International Affairs Fellow in Japan, Sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd. 2011-2012
January 16, 2012
Nikkei Weekly


In Japan, much of the Trans-Pacific Partnership debate has been framed in terms of submitting to U.S. demands for enhanced market access, a throwback to the bilateral trade battles of the 1980s and 1990s.

Yet it would be a mistake for Japan to see the TPP primarily through the prism of its alliance with the U.S. In reality, the TPP is a vehicle for the eventual realization of a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific--a region where Japan has been a free trade laggard in recent years.

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