Sunday, March 24, 2013 11:43 pm
Japan to talk with EU on free trade negotiations
The Associated Press
Chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Monday Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will talk by phone with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy about the negotiations as well as about Cyprus late Monday.
His visit to Tokyo was canceled over the weekend. Cyprus later secured an agreement that paves the way for a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) bailout.
European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht is in Tokyo and meeting with Japanese government and business officials as scheduled.
Earlier this month, Japan said it will join talks on a Pacific trade pact, the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership.