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Trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Friday he will seek to negotiate a free trade deal with the European Union at a ministerial level, as EU member countries have agreed to continue the negotiations after seeing progress in Tokyo’s efforts to reduce trade barriers.

Motegi also told a news conference the two sides will accelerate talks to achieve a broad agreement in 2015. The next round of negotiations is scheduled for July 7 to 11 in Tokyo.