November 11,2011

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Hatch on Japanese Interest in Joining Trans-Pacific Partnership

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement today after Japan expressed interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership: 

“Japan is an important friend and ally of the United States.  Its interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership sends a welcome signal that Japan understands how important economic reforms and economic liberalization, key requirements of membership, are to its future.  Greater economic liberalization by the world’s third largest economy will bring significant economic benefits to the United States, our workers and our businesses as well.  I look forward to closely consulting with the Obama Administration regarding next steps and options for addressing long-standing trade issues with Japan.”