If the TPP negotiation was a high school prom, Japan’s dance card would be full.
Without Japan, the TPP is a hollow shell, lacking critical mass.
Some in Japan claim that the U.S. needs and wants the TPP more than Japan does. This ignores the military defence sharing aspects of Obama’s Pivot to Asia. But Japanese negotiators know how to use leverage – and will.
My latest iPolitics.ca column here, addresses the state of play going into the Ottawa Round and identifies potential problems.
Back to the negotiating venue. More to come.