Japanese official: Japan supports Taiwan joining TPP talks

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/09/11
By: C.W. Chen and Lillian Lin

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) Japan is willing to support Taiwan’s participation in the negotiations

Shinjiro Koizumi (小泉進次郎, left) (CNA file photo)

Shinjiro Koizumi (小泉進次郎, left) (CNA file photo)

over the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, an official of the National Development Council (NDC) said, quoting Japan’s chief delegate to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Cebu, the Philippines.

Connie Hui-chuan Chang (張惠娟), director-general of NDC’s Department of Overall Planning, said that Shinjiro Koizumi, parliamentary vice minister of the Cabinet Office of Japan, told NDC Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍) at a bilateral talk during the second Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting (SRMM) of APEC, Sept. 7-8, that Japan will support Taiwan’s participation in the next round of negotiations.

Chang said that during the two-day APEC meeting, Duh took time to hold bilateral talks with delegates from the United States, New Zealand and Japan, expressing Taiwan’s interest in joining the TPP.     [FULL  STORY]

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