Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks on as he delivers a statement at the European Council in Brussels on March 21, 2017. / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Tuesday to seal a EU-Japan trade deal as early as possible in order to make an important stand against protectionism.Abe met with EU Council President Donald Tusk as well as European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker at EU headquarters in Brussels.Abe, who is in Brussels as part of a European tour, added that deepened cooperation between the EU and Japan should be done in conjunction with the United States.Juncker said the EU-Japan deal could be reached by the end of the year.
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