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Japan must be ready for possible trade conflicts over such policies as China’s plan to force some foreign-made information technology products to pass the country’s certification and the controversial “Buy American” provision by the United States, a government report said Wednesday.

The annual report, released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, stresses that the world has become inclined to protectionism amid the current economic slump, with some countries taking actions that contradict the principle of trade liberalization under the World Trade Organization.

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