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Japan passes bills to ratify trans-Pacific trade deal

Tokyo to push other members to bring pact into force by year's end

Shipping containers are seen at a port in Tokyo. Japan's parliament passed bills on Friday approving a  trans-Pacific trade deal. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- Japan's parliament passed bills ratifying a comprehensive trans-Pacific trade deal on Friday, paving the way for the pact to take effect, which its backers say will create a "trade deal for the 21st century."

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