Visiting Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto expressed his support for Japan’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks Monday in Tokyo, signing a joint statement with Prime Minster Shinzo Abe to further expand the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Mexico is the seventh country to express support for Japan’s participation in the TPP talks, while four others — the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand — have yet to finalize their positions.

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