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Japan’s Ruling Party Postpones TPP Approval Effort

This week Japan’s ruling coalition notified opposition parties that it would no longer pursue approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the current parliamentary session, which is scheduled to end June 1. This means the issue will likely be taken up in the fall parliamentary session, after summer elections for the Upper House of Japan’s Diet are complete.

Gaining TPP approval remains a top legislative priority for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. But the window for debating and voting on TPP was already very tight in the current session, and was made more difficult by the need to address a relief package for victims of the major earthquakes that struck southwestern Japan earlier this month.