Japan decided Friday to demand a slower pace of growth of mandated rice imports in order to protect Japanese rice farmers from cheap imports, government officials said.

The decision was made at a meeting of trade-related Cabinet ministers ahead of the submission by members of the World Trade Organization of their proposals on trade in agriculture and services later this month.

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