Japanese PM Abe pitches for Trans-pacific free trade deal
April 30 , 2015
Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has made a strong pitch for the free trade deal involving Japan, the US and ten other countries. The deal is currently being negotiated.
In a historic speech to the US Congress, made 70 years after the end of the World War II, Abe said that the Trans-Pacific Partnership offered an opportunity to improve environmental and labor standards in the region’s poorer countries.
He said “sweatshops” and “burdens on the environment” cannot be overlooked.
Abe also indicated that Japan would henceforth play a more proactive role in security issues.