Fujio Mitarai, chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) on Thursday told Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe that China wants to cooperate with Japan on environmental protection and energy conservation, and that the Japanese business community also hopes to work together in these areas, government officials said.

Mitarai, who briefed Abe about his meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday, said China is working to enhance the transparency of its legal system, protect intellectual property rights, and abide by the tariff and other trade rules of the World Trade Organization, the officials said.

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