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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

Monday, July 29, 2013 (PM)

Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]


  • The TPP negotiations

REPORTER: A short while ago, Mr. Tsuruoka, the chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), arrived at the Prime Minister's Office. Chief Cabinet Secretary, I believe you met with Mr. Tsuruoka. Can you please explain what the two of you discussed?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: I received a report regarding the details of the latest round of negotiations. I am not able to elaborate on the content. In any event, Japan has at last entered the negotiations on a full-fledged basis as a member of the negotiations. Japan will fully assert its position to maximize Japan's national interests, seeking to gain what should be gained and protecting those areas that should be protected. As necessary, Japan will take full measures in coordination with other negotiating countries with which we share the same position.

REPORTER: Perhaps you are unable to discuss the details. However, for example, can you tell us what sorts of words you offered to Mr. Tsuruoka? Did you give him words of encouragement? If there is anything you can share with us.

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: As I stated yesterday I believe, although we had thought that Japan was at a significant disadvantage having entered the negotiations late, we have found out that there was not that much of a disadvantage and Japan was still able to fully participate in the negotiations.


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