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Is the TPP worth having without Japan?

More bad news from Japan for fans of the Trans Pacific Partnership. Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse, it just did.

Most serious is concerns about U.S. electronic eavesdropping (a.k.a. spying) on Japan are becoming a public issue and another potential embarrassment for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. His initial reaction was seen as too soft.

An op-ed in the influential Asahi Shimbun asks why the U.S. is treating Japan as an enemy. Good question. Japanese industrialists who feel short changed by the TPP are upset that they too were targets of the intercepts.

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