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US-Japan deal should serve as launch pad for free trade drive

Partial pact marks promising start but falls short of TPP's example

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands after signing a joint statement on trade in New York on Sept. 25.    © Reuters

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump reached a final accord in late September on a trade agreement that should go some way toward reducing barriers on agricultural and industrial products. This move by two of the world's three largest economies to further expand trade and fill the gap left by Washington's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a welcome development.

But it is not something that can serve as an example for other advanced economies to follow. Washington and Tokyo should continue negotiating toward a wider-ranging pact that does more to open up trade.

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