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Japan will propose concluding free-trade agreements with China and South Korea at an early date at a tripartite summit to be held in Beijing on Saturday, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama was quoted as saying Tuesday.

He made the pledge in response to a request by Fujio Mitarai, chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren), a federation official said. Nippon Keidanren is the nation’s most powerful business lobby.

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