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The EU-Japan free trade deal is a good news story in an increasingly protectionist world

But Britain may cease to benefit after the Brexit transition, says a former Ambassador in Tokyo

By David Warren  

EU Council President Donald Tusk and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Pignatelli/Euc/Ropi/Zuma Press/PA Images

In an unpredictable world, the EU-Japan free trade agreement signed in Tokyo on 17th July by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and European Council and Commission Presidents Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, is a good news story.

The European Union and Japan together account for over a quarter of the world economy: their combined populations total over 600m. After nearly five years of negotiations, they have agreed to remove 99 per cent of remaining…

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