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History was made on April 7 when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shook hands with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a free trade deal, Japan’s first with a major agricultural exporter.

At a press conference in Tokyo, Abe said: “I’m really glad that the broad agreement was reached in the [economic partnership agreement (EPA)] negotiations. The Japan-Australia EPA [JAEPA] is an extremely important framework to promote trade and investment.”

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