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The government held its first ministerial meeting Tuesday in preparation for joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade negotiations and will set up a team of officials from various ministries for consultations.

The team, consisting of about 50 officials, will be divided into three groups, one covering consultations with TPP member countries, another in charge of liaison and coordination for related Japanese entities and the third focusing on public relations in distributing information related to the talks and other TPP-related issues.

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