By  on March 15, 2013

WASHINGTON — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday formally requested Japan’s inclusion in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations between the U.S. and 10 other countries.

Adding the world’s third-largest economy to the negotiations could potentially provide new opportunities for U.S. apparel, textile and footwear exporters, but it also brings a new level of complexity to the talks, which some fear will impede the goal of reaching a final trade accord this year.

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