IMF chief welcomes Japan to trade talks

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has welcomed Japan’s decision to enter talks towards an Asia-Pacific free trade deal, during a visit to Tokyo where she met with Japanese officials.

‘I welcome Prime Minister (Yoshihiko) Noda’s announcement that Japan will participate in negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP), which can make a vital contribution to this country’s future competitiveness and growth,’ said Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director.

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