The European Parliament on December 13 approved the bloc’s largest-ever trade deal with Japan that will come into force on February 1 aimed at removing €1 billion in duties for European exporters and creating an “open trade zone” covering 630 million people, or one-third of the global GDP.
The Japan deal does not need to be ratified by the EU's national parliaments because it excludes issues related to investor protection and dispute settlements, all of which are being tackled in separate negot...

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