Japan to start free trade talks with Canada

Japan and Canada agreed today to formally start talks aimed at forging a free trade agreement between the two countries.

If established, the pact would be Japans first with a country from the Group of Eight major economies.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Canadian counterpart, Stephen Harper, said they would also seek to boost economic, energy and security relations between the two countries.

“This is a truly historic step that will help create jobs and growth in both countries,” Harper told a joint news conference. “The negotiations we are announcing today complement Canadas ambitious trade agenda.”

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