Thursday, April 25, 2013
Obama Administration Notifies Congress of Intent to Include Japan in Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations
Yesterday the Obama Administration notified Congress of its intent to include Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership ("TPP") Agreement negotiations. This notification follows an announcement on April 12, 2013 that the United States and Japan had completed bilateral TPP consultations, as well as an announcement by TPP countries on April 21, 2013 that they welcome Japan as a new participant in the TPP negotiations, pending the successful completion of domestic procedures by each TPP country. Today’s notification triggers a 90-day consultation period with Congress and the public on U.S. negotiating objectives with respect to Japan.