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Japan leaves TPP chief negotiator post vacant

Japan left the post of chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific
Partnership pact vacant through personnel shuffle Tuesday after U.S.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending U.S.
participation in the mega free trade deal.
Hiroshi Oe, who assumed the post within the Cabinet Secretariat
last May, was transferred to the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday. Deputy
Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda said the move was "not
prompted by the U.S. withdrawal from TPP," citing the government
plans to assign the post to a successor, though when was not
specified.
Trump has said U.S. jobs would be lost if the country
participates in the TPP, calling the deal a dangerous trade agreement
that could fatally damage U.S. manufacturers. (Jan. 24)