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Japan closer to contentious TPP agreement after Abe's US visit?

KV Kesavan

Asia Program Distinguished Fellow K.V. Kesavan published a piece on Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was given a rousing reception at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, (CSIS) Washington DC, on February 22, 2013. Coming straight from the White House after having crucial talks with President Barack Obama , Abe was looking quite upbeat. "I am back and so shall Japan be," said Abe, addressing a distinguished audience. He also stated that "Japan is not and will never be a Tier two nation". This statement was in response to a query raised by Richard Armitage, Joseph Nye and others in a joint report whether Japan would end up becoming a Tier two nation. 

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KV Kesavan

KV Kesavan

Public Policy Scholar;
Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi, India.
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Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more