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Japan-EU trade pact clears hurdle on road to Feb. 1 start

Tokyo seeks stronger hand in upcoming US negotiations

European wines on display at a Tokyo store. Wine, car parts and agricultural goods are among the products that will face lower tariffs through the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement.
European wines on display at a Tokyo store. Wine, car parts and agricultural goods are among the products that will have lower tariffs through the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement.

TOKYO -- Japan's parliament approved an economic partnership agreement with the European Union early Saturday, keeping one of the world's biggest free trade zones on course to take effect Feb. 1.

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