On November 6th, 2010, Japanese government announced its basic policy on Comprehensive Economic Partnerships on MOFA web site.
This is bearing in mind APEC meeting this week in Yokohama and recent hot topic of TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Agreement.
Overall, it is very general and just announcing basic strategy how Japanese government tackle the future FTA negotiation, while working on domestic policy issue such as measures to be taken to agricultural industry.
The important point in this announcement is the decision of JPN gov't on TPP.
It is described as " it is necessary to act through gathering further information, and Japan, while moving expeditiously to improve domestic environment, will commence consultations with the TPP member countries."
For me, this seems to be vague and unclear message. It looks JPN did not decide to join TPP negotiation, but is interested in it. This is politically technical expression, paying highly consideration to domestic agricultural industry, while just giving impression "we go forward" to industrial sectors who strongly support the TPP.