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Suga should build on Abe's laudable efforts to expand free trade

Japan can play a key role in fighting the rising wave of protectionism

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bump fists before their meeting in Tokyo on Oct. 6. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

Expanding free trade areas involving Japan was one of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's biggest achievements during his nearly eight years in office. His successor, Yoshihide Suga, should build on those efforts by championing free trade with the same energy.

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