Japan, U.S. aim for Pacific trade pact progress before summit

April 13, 2015 9:17 AM

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Japan, U.S. aim for Pacific trade pact progress before summit

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese and U.S. officials will meet from Wednesday in a bid to strike a two-way deal that would give momentum to a pan-Pacific free-trade pact, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), in time for a leaders' summit late this month.

Success, however, depends heavily on whether the U.S. Congress, which returns from recess this week, will approve measures to ease passage of trade deals, or trade promotion authority (TPA), Japanese officials have said.

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