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Japan supports the World Trade Organization’s efforts to reach agreement on elements of the long-stalled Doha Round of trade talks before concluding an overall deal, trade minister Yukio Edano said.

“We support seeking an advance agreement to make a breakthrough in the current (deadlocked) situation,” Edano said Thursday in a speech at the WTO’s Ministerial Conference in Geneva, suggesting Tokyo backs moves for WTO member states to first agree on specific elements of the Doha Round trade liberalization talks, such as assistance to less-developed countries.

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