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Australian PM Gillard urges Japan free trade deal

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Australia and Japan should "seal the deal" on a free trade agreement (FTA), Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Monday, adding no trade pact would be more natural or logical for the country. 

Australian Trade Minister Craig Emerson (2nd L) listens to Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba (2nd R) during their talks at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo on May 31. Australia and Japan should "seal the deal" on a free trade agreement (FTA), Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Monday, adding no trade pact would be more natural or logical for the country.

"Japan is a critically important economic partner for Australia and will remain so in the future," Gillard told a business conference in Sydney, Australian news agency AAP reported.

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