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Japan Says, 'No-bama' to Free Trade Deal Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Apr 25, 2014, 02:35 AM

President Barack Obama's pivot to failure on all things foreign policy continues on unabated. Japan is considered the closest ally to the United States in the Asia-Pacific' region, but Tokyo said, "sayanora" to signing a free trade deal with Washington in the near future.

Reuters reports that, "U.S. President Barack Obama wrapped up a state visit to Japan on Friday during which he assured America's ally that Washington would come to its defence, but failed to clinch a trade deal key his "pivot" to Asia and to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reforms."

Japan Economy Minister Akira Amari explained that there are too many gaps to reach an agreement on a trade deal.

According to Reuters, "Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had been seeking to display the alliance was strong in the face of a rising China, but their success in putting recent strains behind them was partly marred by a failure to reach a trade deal seen as crucial to a broader regional pact."

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, but refused to sign it, despite a personal visit from Obama in Tokyo.

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