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Japan Denies Noda Said All Trade Up for TPP Negotiation

November 17, 2011

(Adds background on Noda’s TPP statement in fourth paragraph.)

Nov. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Japan denied a White House statement that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda yesterday told President Barack Obama he is willing to negotiate on all his country’s goods and services for a regional trade agreement.

“Prime Minister Noda never said this,” Japan’s Foreign Ministry said yesterday in a statement. Deputy National Security Adviser Michael Froman told reporters the U.S. “would stand by the statement that we issued earlier.”

The two leaders met at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Honolulu a day after Noda said Japan intends to join the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks. The U.S. account after the meeting said Obama “welcomed Prime Minister Noda’s statement that he would put all goods, as well as services, on the negotiating table for trade liberalization.”

Noda delayed his announcement on joining the TPP talks by a day last week amid opposition within his Democratic Party of Japan on concern an accord would damage the country’s agriculture industry.

--Editors: John Brinsley, Patrick Harrington

To contact the reporter on this story: Aki Ito in Tokyo at aito16@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Brinsley at jbrinsley@bloomberg.net


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