DCI Group is promoting an educational campaign by Japan's U.S. embassyto pitch the benefits of its entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement that is being hammered out by 11 nations.

On March 15, Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe announced his country’s intention to enter ongoing talks between the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Vietnam. The next sessions are slated for Lima in May.

That current TPP grouping represents more than 650M people and a combined gross domestic product of $20T. Some observers view the TPP as a counterweight to the growing economic clout of China, Japan’s key regional economic and political rival.

DCI, as subcontractor to Japan’s law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, receives a $25K monthly retainer and works on a month-to-month basis.

Separate work orders may be drawn up for PA programming such as field/surrogate operations, phone outreach and direct mail.

The pact calls for the Japanese to reimburse Republican powerhouse DCI for ad buys of more than $100K within three days.

DCI’s five-member Japan lobbying team includes Paul Ryan, Ryan Grillo, Grant Olson, Oliver Wolf and Ed Patru.

It reports to Japan's ambassador Kenichiro Sasae.