Japan pushes on with TPP-11 with U.S., China at odds

TOKYO (Dec 7): Japan appears determined to embrace a leading role in making international trade rules, even as the economic conflict between the U.S. and China threatens to undermine multilateral institutions.

That was a key message from Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi at Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead conference in Tokyo on Thursday.

Motegi, Japan’s point person for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, said he welcomes interest from more nations — including the UK — in joining the 11-member pact.