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Japan and the European Union began preliminary talks Monday toward the creation of one of the world’s largest free-trade accords, with both sides seeking to boost their respective, faltering economies with such a deal.

During the five-day meeting in Brussels, the two sides are expected to discuss specific areas to be covered in the negotiations and how they should go about the talks aimed at a comprehensive agreement on goods, services and investment by eliminating tariffs and nontariff barriers.

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