Japan closer to contentious TPP agreement after Abe's US visit?
Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was given a rousing reception at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, (CSIS) Washington DC, on February 22, 2013. Coming straight from the White House after having crucial talks with President Barack Obama , Abe was looking quite upbeat. "I am back and so shall Japan be," said Abe, addressing a distinguished audience. He also stated that "Japan is not and will never be a Tier two nation". This statement was in response to a query raised by Richard Armitage, Joseph Nye and others in a joint report whether Japan would end up becoming a Tier two nation.