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GENEVA (Kyodo) Japan is seeking “flexibility” during World Trade Organization negotiations on the number of key agricultural products that can be exempted from sharp tariff cuts, agriculture minister Hirotaka Akamatsu said.

After holding talks with WTO Director General Pascal Lamy on Monday, Akamatsu said they discussed sensitive products on which wealthy economies could impose high tariffs even after the liberalization of trade to prevent an influx of products from the developing world.

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