In a statement issued Sunday, leaders of the nine nations reaffirmed their commitment "to concluding a comprehensive, next-generation regional agreement that liberalizes and promotes trade and investment, and addresses new and traditional trade issues and 21st-century challenges."
A delay in the TPP agreement among the nine nations is expected to benefit Japan. Observers had anticipated that Tokyo would be requested to accept unfavorable trade regulations if talks opened after the nine nations had already reached an agreement.
TPP nations put off decision / Delay in trade agreement seen as beneficial to Japan : Business : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)