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Japan and the EU offer to “light up the political darkness”

The EU and Japan are claiming that they can “light up the darkness” in an era of protectionism and trade wars.

They’ve just signed a sweeping trade deal which should mean an end to tariffs on almost all goods and services.

Prime Minister Abe claims it’s a sign of success in his Abenomics programme.

The EU believes it shows the value of international cooperation in an era where many countries try to put their national interests first.

Read more in this week’s Japan Story blog.

Japan Story’s blog is written by former BBC Tokyo Correspondent Duncan Bartlett. Each week he analyses how Japan’s story is being told to the world through the international media.