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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will discuss trade and tourism opportunities with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Japan this week, while also taking in an All Blacks game at the Rugby World Cup.
Ardern, who left for Japan last night on the first leg of a trip that includes the leaders’ week at the UN in New York next week, has met Abe twice on the sidelines of international meetings.
But this will be the first trip to Japan by a New Zealand Prime Minister since the signing of the CPTPP, the 11-nation trading agreement formerly known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
In a pre-trip interview with the Herald, Ardern said the lowering of tariffs through the CPTPP had already boosted New Zealand exports to Japan by tens of millions of dollars.
“The biggest benefit for our exporters [through the CPTPP] was access to the Japanese market, particularly relative to Australia. Some of the access that they had, for instance for beef, was much better than w
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