TPP-11 Summit canceled due to Canada’s objection


Canada objected to a broad accord on the so-called TPP-11 reached at a ministerial session the previous day, visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Friday.

He also said all TPP member states except Canada are ready to confirm the broad accord at the top level.

Earlier in the day, Abe held talks with his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, to seek a compromise. The meeting, also attended by Japanese Economic Revitalization Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, cochair of the ministerial session, was unsuccessful.

Abe quoted the Canadian side as saying that the 11 countries are yet to reach a stage where their leaders can confirm the broad accord.

The 11 current members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement have canceled a summit in Danang, central Vietnam, slated for Friday due to Canada’s objection. (Jiji)

Japan’s Economic Revitalization Minister says all the 11 signatory nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal have reconfirmed their broad agreement to put the deal into effect without the United States. (NHK)

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has instructed ministers to step up measures against inappropriate websites that deal with suicide. (NHK)

Japan’s opposition party Hope, led by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, has elected Lower House lawmaker Yuichiro Tamaki as its co-leader. (NHK)

An advisory council of Japan’s education ministry has given the green light to a controversial plan to open a veterinary school in April of next year. (NHK)

All of the remaining eight victims have been identified in a case where dismembered bodies of nine people were found at an apartment in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, police said early Friday. (Jiji)

Japan’s prime minister said his round of golf with visiting President Donald Trump was a good chance to relax and discuss difficult issues. (Japan Today)

Anti-drug authorities in Japan have arrested 6 people on suspicion of possessing a large supply of so-called “dangerous drugs.” The drugs are mixtures of herbs and chemicals, similar to illegal narcotics.
(NHK)

A reporter for one of Japan’s leading newspapers, Asahi Shimbun, was arrested for allegedly recording video up women’s skirts while riding a train on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo. According to police, the suspect, 35-year-old Keisuke Masuda, confessed, “I’ve been doing it for months, and I couldn’t stop.” (rocketnews24.com)

A major Tokyo aquarium suffered a massive die-off inside its largest fish tank late Tuesday and early Wednesday, likely due to lack of oxygen. (Japan Times)


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