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Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump

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    Associated Press

Tokyo   /   Fri, December 9, 2016   /  01:04 pm
Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (center, right) listens to questions from members of the press after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. (AP/Kathy Willens)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won parliamentary approval for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite US President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact.

Upper house lawmakers approved the TPP on Friday, heeding Abe's calls to push ahead with it despite Trump's rejection of the free-trade initiative championed by President Barack Obama.

Japan's ratification still requires Cabinet approval of needed regulatory revisions.

The market opening measures required by the trade pact are seen as a way for Abe to push through difficult reforms of the agricultural and health sectors. So far, Abe has made scant progress on a slew of reforms he proposed to help improve Japan's lagging productivity and competitiveness.

Trump has vowed to take steps to exit the pact right after he takes office.

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