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Honolulu:Noda informs Obama of his decision on TPP talks

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Laaska News  Nov. 13,2011

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has conveyed to the US president Japan’s intention to begin consultations with member countries of Trans-Pacific Partnership toward joining negotiations on the free-trade framework.

Noda and US President Barack Obama talked for about an hour on Saturday on the sidelines of the APEC forum summit in Honolulu.

Obama said he is confident the United States and Japan can continue working together to build on the bilateral relationship in the areas of commerce and security for the Asia-Pacific region and for the rest of the world.

Noda said he is encouraged by the increasing US presence in the Asia-Pacific region, and that Japan and the US should cooperate in working on economic rules and security in the region.
Noda told Obama of his intention to begin consultations with member countries of Trans-Pacific Partnership and said he wants to promote high levels of economic cooperation.

Obama welcomed Noda’s decision and called for Japan-US cooperation through future talks on the new free-trade framework.

Part of the discussion focused on US beef. Prime Minister Noda explained about the ongoing review of restrictions on imports of beef.

Currently, meat from cows 20 months old or younger can be imported to Japan to prevent meat containing mad cow disease or BSE from entering the Japanese market.

Noda told Obama that the government is considering raising this to 30 months old or younger.

The US president expressed his hope for progress on the matter.

On other issues, Noda said his cabinet is making efforts to implement the bilateral agreement on the planned relocation of the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Okinawa.

He explained a plan to submit a report to the prefectural government by the end of this year, the final stage of procedures for assessing the environmental impact at the relocation site. Noda asked for all-out cooperation from the United States to lighten the burden its military bases place on Okinawa.

After the meeting, Prime Minister Noda told reporters that he had significant talks with Obama in line with the view of strengthening bilateral ties.
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