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OSAKA — At a meeting this weekend in Nara to prepare for the Group of Eight summit in July, the U.S. will press Japan to move quickly toward the next round of World Trade Organization negotiations, a senior U.S. State Department official said in Osaka on Friday.

“Japan needs to create conditions for the next round of WTO negotiations. Globalization will be the focus of the Nara meeting, and Japan should not delay the next WTO round,” said U.S. Undersecretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, Alan Larson, who will represent the U.S. at the Nara meeting.

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