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In the runup to a two-day round of talks between major farm traders that kicked off here Friday, Japan and the European Union confirmed their opposition to a set of proposed cuts in farm tariffs and subsidies unveiled overnight by the United States.

Japan and the EU met after Agriculture Minister Tsutomu Takebe took his fellow ministers from four major farm-trading economies on a tour of Nara’s paddies, which he called an important element of Japan’s agricultural industry and landscape.

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