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NEW YORK (Kyodo) Japan and the United States should deepen business and economic ties with the aim of eventually signing a bilateral economic partnership agreement, Fujio Mitarai, chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren), said Monday.

The two countries maintain good relations, but this does not mean they can relax their efforts, the leader of Japan’s most influential business lobby said in a speech in New York.

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