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Five things to know about Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

World's largest free-trade bloc aims to counter growing protectionism

Shinzo Abe and Jean-Claude Juncker
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, pictured here in Brussels last March, are trying to send a free-trade message to U.S. President Donald Trump.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Leaders from Japan and the European Union will put the finishing touches on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement on Tuesday with a signing ceremony in Tokyo.

The deal agreed by the EU -- the world's largest economy when taken as a whole -- and Japan, the fourth-largest, represents nearly 30% of global economic output. It will be the largest trade bloc in history, although some experts say the agreement is mostly symbolic.

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