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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Thursday postponed his widely expected announcement that Japan will join the U.S. and other countries in negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying he wanted to sleep on the issue for a day before making his final decision.

At a meeting between the government and Democratic Party of Japan executives in the afternoon, Noda said he “wanted to gravely consider (the opinions of DPJ lawmakers who oppose joining the free-trade talks), and thoroughly consider what everyone had discussed,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said.

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