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On September 30, the first day of a Cabinet-level meeting during the TPP negotiations in Atlanta, Georgia, Minister Amari said to Japanese media that the TPP would “hyoryu” year to year if the member states cannot reach a consensus during the Atlanta meeting. Amari said that all 12 countries participating in the negotiations share this sense of urgency and that the TPP will drift if they do not reach a consensus in this Atlanta meeting.
Hyoryu（漂流） is a Japanese word that describes a situation similar to those in the photos above. It is meant to describe when objects drift forever in the ocean without ever reaching any destination. I have never heard the use of this word in this context, so I thought it was interesting.