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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday vowed utmost efforts to conclude their domestic procedures so a bilateral free trade agreement can be put into force at an early date, with the end of the year given as a target.

During their talks in Brussels, Abe expressed concerns about stalled negotiations over Britain’s exit from the 28-member regional bloc and called for measures to mitigate a negative impact on Japanese companies operating in the EU, Japanese officials said.

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