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Canadian Trade Minister Shows Willingness for Trade Pact with Japan

Canadian Trade Minister Shows Willingness for Trade Pact with Japan

   Tokyo, May 24 (Jiji Press)--Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland showed willingness to resume bilateral free trade talks with Japan in an interview with Jiji Press in Tokyo on Tuesday.
   "I think it's very important for us to have a very close economic relationship between Canada and Japan like we already do," Freeland said in response to a question about the economic partnership agreement talks, which have been suspended as the two countries have focused on multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
   On the ongoing Japan visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Freeland said that "we were very thoughtful about choosing Japan" for his first visit to an Asian country since he took office last November.
   Referring to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reflationary policy, the minister said, "We are very aware of the core idea of Abenomics, and our government has a lot of sympathy with the core principle."
   She also expressed eagerness to expand cooperation between the two countries to science and technology, women's social participation and other areas.

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