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Japan and the European Union began their fifth round of free trade talks in Tokyo on Monday, a critical session before the 28-nation bloc decides on whether to continue negotiations with Tokyo based on how much progress has been made.

The main topics on the agenda are expected to be tariff removal on EU wine and Japanese vehicles, as well as eliminating nontariff barriers, negotiation sources said.

The European Union will conduct a review in April — a year after the launch of the negotiations — on whether Tokyo has made satisfactory progress in eliminating trade barriers.

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