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EU says it will continue EPA talks with Japan

Officials of the European Union have notified Japan that they will keep pursuing an Economic Partnership Agreement with the country.

EU officials have been reviewing the progress of the EPA talks that started in April of last year.

Sources say they decided to continue negotiations as Japan offered to facilitate greater access of European companies to its railway market, including railcars and operating systems. Japan also proposed removing tariffs on European wine in stages over 7 years.

Negotiators are expected to focus on Japan's request that the EU eliminate tariffs on Japanese cars and other industrial products.

EU officials are calling on Japan to lower tariffs on farm products, such as cheese and pork.

Japanese officials say they want to reach a broad agreement by the end of next year.

Jun. 25, 2014 - Updated 17:09 UTC