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Japan and the European Union should start talks to conclude a free-trade agreement, Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren), and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero agreed Thursday.

Yonekura, chief of the country’s most influential business lobby, called on Zapatero to support the launch of the FTA talks, to which the Spanish leader showed a positive stance.

During his meeting with Keidanren executives, Zapatero, for his part, proposed that Japanese and Spanish firms work together on moving into environmental business markets in Latin America and other Spanish-speaking regions.

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