CANBERRA – Japan and Australia will hold their first joint study meeting to explore the possibility of signing a bilateral free-trade agreement in early November in Tokyo. Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka and Geoff Raby, deputy secretary of the Australian Foreign Affairs and Trade Dept., reached agreement on the study during recent talks in Canberra. The agreement comes despite Japanese Farm Minister Mineichi Iwanaga telling Australian Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran ...

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