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Japan minister says no accord with US over TPP trade deal

Published on Apr 25, 2014 8:33 AM
 
Japanese State Minister in charge of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Akira Amari (centre) is surrounded by reporters after he met with US trade representative Michael Froman at Amari's office in Tokyo on April 24, 2014. Amari 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. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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