Japan minister says no accord with US over TPP trade deal
Published on Apr 25, 2014 8:33 AM
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's economy minister said Friday that Tokyo had not reached a basic accord with Washington over a Pacific-wide trade deal despite intense talks after a bilateral summit.
There had been hopes that Tokyo and Washington might break an impasse in the stalled talks during US President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo.
Speaking hours before Obama's departure, however, Japanese economy minister Akira Amari said what had been achieved was "not a basic accord although there was progress".
"In talks between the two leaders and ministers, we have confirmed the path to solve important pending issues between Japan and the United States," Amari told reporters.
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