February 25, 2013
by Agence France-Presse

Japan has made clear to the United States that it is seriously considering talks on a sweeping Pacific trade pact, but Tokyo's entry already faces fierce opposition in both countries.

Japan's newly elected conservative prime minister, Shinzo Abe, sounded an increasingly upbeat tone on the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership during a visit Friday to Washington despite tepid support from much of his party.

President Barack Obama has cast the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a centerpiece of renewed US engagement in Asia, saying that the emerging pact could boost growth and set rules to govern the dynamic but unwieldy region.

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