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Japan to expand role as free trade champion in 2020

Tokyo seeks greater sway in TPP and RCEP megadeal that includes China

Hoping for a big catch at a Tokyo port: Japan seeks to expand its free-trade connections in Asia.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As a tariff-cutting deal between the Japan and the U.S. takes effect New Year's Day, Tokyo looks to unfold the next stage of its commerce strategy in Asia, home to top trading partner China.

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