November 11, 2011

JAMA Comments on Government Announcement to Join Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Talks

Toshiyuki Shiga, Chairman
Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.

JAMA welcomes today’s announcement by the Japanese government of its intent to enter into talks aimed at negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.

Over the decades, vibrant and extensive business activities have been nurtured by the Japanese automobile industry in the Asia-Pacific region.  Taking this into account, it is anticipated that a TPP Agreement, once concluded, will be effective in enhancing the business environment and advancing free trade in that region.

Accordingly, JAMA looks forward to the Japanese government’s sustained and vigorous efforts on this issue, which should help expedite the early achievement of an agreement that promises to genuinely serve Japan’s best interests.