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RCEP stirs higher hopes for Japan than China or South Korea: poll

Despite significance of trade megadeal, many Chinese business chiefs focused on U.S. market

A container ship cruises in front of Yokohama Bay Bridge.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Just over half of Japanese executives expect a positive impact from the new Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade megadeal, a higher level than in China or South Korea, a survey finds.

Of the roughly 100 business chiefs surveyed in each country, 53.2% of Japanese respondents have a favorable outlook toward RCEP, the first trade agreement to span East Asia's three largest economies.

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