Japanese Officials Cautiously Welcome Trump's TPP Remark (News)
Tokyo, Jan. 26 (Jiji Press)—Japanese cabinet members on Friday welcomed, albeit cautiously, US President Donald Trump's remark hinting that the United States may consider returning to the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade agreement.
"I welcome his recognition of the significance of the TPP," Economic Revitalization Minister Motegi Toshimitsu, who is in charge of TPP negotiations, stressed at a news conference after a cabinet meeting.
Just before the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō mentioned Trump's remark, Motegi also said.
In an interview with U.S. broadcaster CNBC in Switzerland on Thursday, Trump said, "I would do TPP, if we made a much better deal than we had."
"I want to know what he meant when he made the comment," trade minister Seko Hiroshige said. The U.S. leader has so far criticized multilateral trade pacts under his "America First" policy.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]