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China-Japan talks to focus on opening each other's service sectors

Nursing industry identified by Tokyo as ripe for expansion into neighbor market

A staff member supports an elderly woman at a nursing home in Tokyo: Japan hopes that upcoming economic talks will help its eldercare and other industries expand into the growing Chinese market. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- As the first high-level economic dialogue in eight years between Japan and China nears, Tokyo is preparing to develop a framework for opening each country's service sector to the other. A cabinet-level meeting is due to start on Monday.

Japan wants to discuss how its nursing and eldercare industries can tap into the Chinese market, where demand is expected to rise. Clearing regulatory hurdles and finding local partners will be part of the discussions.

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