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Japan plans to propose talks on liberalizing trade in environment-related equipment and services within the 18-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, government officials said July 2.

Japan may also propose that APEC hold talks on the market-liberalization of precision machinery and tools, in which Japan has a competitive advantage in the international marketplace, the officials said, requesting anonymity. The officials said Japan’s proposals will be presented to New Zealand, which currently chairs APEC’s trade and investment committee, by the July 15 deadline, the date by which member economies must submit their proposals for market-liberalization talks in specific industrial sectors.

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