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Update on TPP Ratification in Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continues to seek ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the current parliamentary session, which is scheduled to end June 1. But the window for gaining TPP approval before the Diet adjourns is closing quickly, and if the issue has not progressed significantly by the end of this month, Abe appears likely to postpone these efforts until the fall parliamentary session – after summer elections for the Upper House of the Diet are complete.