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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday urged the European Union (EU) to finally sign a free trade deal with Japan following almost four years of negotiations.

(JAPANESE) "We must show our unique solidarity, which is why I have asked to conclude an economic partnership agreement between Japan and the European Union at an early date, and that is my honest appeal".

"We certainly don't want any barriers but at a time of an "Internet of things" we want to link our societies with one another and let them deal fairly with one another, and that is what free trade is all about". "That is free trade".

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Bild am Sonntag newspaper he was pleased that he would be meeting Abe on Tuesday and said the bloc wanted to conclude a free trade deal with Japan this year.

"There must be coordination between Japan and Germany, and Japan and Europe, which respect freedom and human rights and value the rules of democracy", he said.

Mr Abe said: "Japan, having gone through reaping in abundance the benefits of free trade and investment, wants to be the champion upholding open systems alongside Germany".

Abe called on negotiators to close the deal soon.

But he added: "We must not create conditions by which wealth becomes concentrated among only some people".

"We want free, open markets".

Since taking office, Trump has withdrawn the United States from a trans-Pacific free trade pact and attacked export giants China and Germany over their massive trade surpluses.

Her comments come after Mr Trump's proposed import tax which has said to have caused upset across Germany after being dubbed the "German tax".

The German and Japanese leaders were both coming off a week of meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump's administration.

But even the lighter moments were tinged with tension.

"I don't believe in an isolationist policy, but I also believe that a policy of trade should be a fair policy", Trump said Friday.

  • Leroy Wright