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Japan, EU make final push for trade pact

Agricultural tariffs crucial as parties seek quick action on megadeal

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From left, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stands with European Union Council President Donald Tusk and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan and the European Union are ironing out the final details of a proposed economic partnership agreement in hopes of reaching a broad deal in July, as domestic conditions turn in favor of achieving such a major step against protectionism.

The two sides aim to hold several working-level talks by the end of June and reach a basic deal at the Group of 20 summit in Germany early next month. Japanese envoys, including officials of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, have been in Belgium this week for private discussions.

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