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UK hopes Japan trade deal pays digital dividends and paves TPP path

Trade Secretary Truss says pact will 'help set standards elsewhere'

British Trade Secretary Liz Truss speaks with Nikkei in Tokyo on Oct. 23. (Photo by Kosuke Imamura)

TOKYO -- Britain's international trade secretary expressed confidence on Friday that her country's economic partnership agreement with Japan, signed the same day, will benefit both sides in the fields of digital technology and data handling -- while giving the U.K. a steppingstone to the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership.

"I think this deal is very suited to both the U.K. and Japan economies because we are both strong in technology, research and development, and advanced manufacturing," Secretary Liz Truss said in an interview with Nikkei.

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