• Kyodo


Japan and the European Union are making arrangements to hold summit talks in Tokyo in late March, to declare the launch of formal negotiations on a free-trade accord, government sources in Nagata-cho and Europe said Saturday.

The first round of talks on forging an economic partnership agreement between Japan and the 27-nation bloc, which together account for around 30 percent of global gross domestic product, may be held in April, according to the sources.

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