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Japan's foreign minister to fly to UK in bid to conclude FTA talks

Motegi's trip is first by a Japanese minister since onset of COVID

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, right, and British counterpart Dominic Raab attend a joint press conference after talks in Tokyo on Feb. 8.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Tuesday he will travel to the United Kingdom this week to meet counterparts in a bid to wrap up talks over a free-trade agreement between the two countries.

The three-day visit from Wednesday will be the first overseas trip for a Japanese minister since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

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