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The European Union will abolish its tariffs on automobiles only if Japan liberalizes its agricultural sector under a free trade agreement currently being negotiated, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has said.

“The EU is ready to eliminate its tariffs on automobiles provided that concessions received in return will be sufficient. One of the areas where we definitely need to see liberalization on the Japanese side is the agriculture sector, especially food and drinks,” said Malmstrom in a recent written response to questions from Kyodo News.

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