One day after analysts agreed that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is dead under a Donald Trump presidency, a Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs official was in Denver Thursday to say his nation — one of America's and Colorado's biggest trading partners — is still pushing hard for it.

“Our prime minister truly believes TPP is very important to the region,” said Atsuyuki Oike, who spoke to Denver business leaders Thursday downtown and later toured Geotech Environmental Equipment.

Oike is the deputy chief of mission to Japan's U.S. embassy in Washington. His trip was scheduled before the Nov. 8 election.

TPP is a U.S. trade pact with 11 Pacific Rim countries — the biggest trade deal since the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) of 1993.

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