In an interview with The Asahi Shimbun, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke more favorably about the possibility of Japan participating in talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade arrangement than ever before. He said he wants to show his Asian neighbors that the U.S.-Japanese alliance is not failing. "It is extremely important to show the world that Japan-U.S. ties are back to what they used to be," Abe said.

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