TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s chief negotiator for the 12-nation pan-Pacific trade talks said on Friday a broad agreement of the ambitious trade pact was within reach, Jiji news agency reported.
Koji Tsuruoka said negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) were in the final stages and that the ability to clinch a deal would depend on how successful member nations’ ministers are in reaching a political decision, Jiji reported.
Ministers from the 12 countries are due to meet on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in the United States.
Tsuruoka was speaking to reporters before heading to Atlanta for talks with other chief negotiators from Sept. 26 to 29.
Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim