Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe may announce Japan’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks to the Diet (the Japanese parliament) on either Feb. 28 or March 1, according to sources.

Abe has faced stiff internal LDP resistance to the TPP and may have to seek exemptions for some agricultural products, and other measures to support local farmers.

Japan Times

Earlier post re the World Trade Organisation calling on Japan to implement structural economic reforms, such as freeing up trade. Entering TPP talks would be progress on this.