This article explores which factors influenced the process of US–Japan negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It argues that while pressures from major societal groups and legislative members hampered progress of bilateral negotiations, state leaders’ preferences for reacting strategically to geopolitical and geo-economic developments played a catalytic role in propelling the negotiations.
US–Japan Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Domestic Societal Interests and International Power Developments
Hidetaka Yoshimatsu is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu, Japan, as well as Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, Australia. His recent publications include Comparing Institution-Building in East Asia: Power Politics, Governance, and Critical Junctures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Email: <email@example.com>.
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Hidetaka Yoshimatsu; US–Japan Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Domestic Societal Interests and International Power Developments. Asian Survey 1 December 2016; 56 (6): 1145–1167. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2016.56.6.1145
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