European Union seals major free trade deal with Japan


Ben Chu,
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Shinichi Iida, Japan’s minister for public diplomacy [JB emphasis] and media, told The Independent earlier this year that his country’s “first and foremost priority” was rubber-stamping the Brussels deal before work could begin on a free trade agreement with the UK.
But he added that: “Once the Japan-EU economic partnership agreement comes into force, it could provide a very good and sound basis for the future trade between Japan and UK.” …

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