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, March 15, 2013

A protester wearing a monkey mask raises his fist during a rally against Japan participating in rule-making negotiations for the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in front of the parliament in Tokyo on March 15. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was poised to announce on Friday that Tokyo wants to join talks on a US-led free trade pact, media said, a move proponents say will help tap vibrant regional growth, open Japan to tougher competition and create momentum for reforms needed to revive the long-stagnant economy. The decision to join talks on the TPP will launch the "third arrow" in Abe's policy triad following the fiscal pump priming and hyper-easy monetary measures he has pushed since returning to office in December after his Liberal Democratic Party's big election win. Reuters/Issei Kato




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