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Japan’s lower house passes TPP-11, pushing related trade bills

Japan’s lower house has approved the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), also known as the TPP-11, despite opposition efforts to threaten the smooth ratification process.

In the May 18 morning, the lower house foreign affairs committee had approved the TPP-11 bill and sent it to the entire chamber to vote on the same day.

The trade bill will be approved automatically 30 days after it is sent to the upper house.

But for Japan, that is not the end of the ratification process.

The governing coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Komeito party needs to pass the TPP-11 related bills, including measures to compensate farmers.

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