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The European Union’s agriculture commissioner, Phil Hogan, says a successfully concluded free trade agreement this year between the 28-nation bloc and Japan will depend on the political will of the Japanese government.

Hogan called for an earlier conclusion of an EU-Japan free trade pact, while Tokyo is currently engaged in Diet procedures to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade accord signed with the United States and 10 other Pacific Rim countries.

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