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Japan's Abe to advance reforms with free trade decision

A man walks between a a container ship and its landing pier at a port in Tokyo February 27, 2013. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears poised to raise the curtain on Act Three of his "Abenomics" drama with a decision to join talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact, seen by some as a test of his appetite for vital economic reform. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

A man walks between a a container ship and its landing pier at a port in Tokyo February 27, 2013. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears poised to raise the curtain on Act Three of his "Abenomics" drama with a decision to join talks on a U.S.-led...more

A man walks between a a container ship and its landing pier at a port in Tokyo February 27, 2013. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears poised to raise the curtain on Act Three of his "Abenomics" drama with a decision to join talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact, seen by some as a test of his appetite for vital economic reform. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
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A man works on a container ship at a port in Tokyo February 27, 2013. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears poised to raise the curtain on Act Three of his "Abenomics" drama with a decision to join talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact, seen by some as a test of his appetite for vital economic reform. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

A man works on a container ship at a port in Tokyo February 27, 2013. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears poised to raise the curtain on Act Three of his "Abenomics" drama with a decision to join talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact, seen by...more

A man works on a container ship at a port in Tokyo February 27, 2013. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears poised to raise the curtain on Act Three of his "Abenomics" drama with a decision to join talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact, seen by some as a test of his appetite for vital economic reform. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
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A man rides a bicycle past containers at a port in Tokyo February 27, 2013. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears poised to raise the curtain on Act Three of his "Abenomics" drama with a decision to join talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact, seen by some as a test of his appetite for vital economic reform. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

A man rides a bicycle past containers at a port in Tokyo February 27, 2013. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears poised to raise the curtain on Act Three of his "Abenomics" drama with a decision to join talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact, seen...more

A man rides a bicycle past containers at a port in Tokyo February 27, 2013. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears poised to raise the curtain on Act Three of his "Abenomics" drama with a decision to join talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact, seen by some as a test of his appetite for vital economic reform. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
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A man walks next to a container loaded on a truck at a port in Tokyo February 27, 2013. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears poised to raise the curtain on Act Three of his "Abenomics" drama with a decision to join talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact, seen by some as a test of his appetite for vital economic reform. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

A man walks next to a container loaded on a truck at a port in Tokyo February 27, 2013. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears poised to raise the curtain on Act Three of his "Abenomics" drama with a decision to join talks on a U.S.-led free...more

A man walks next to a container loaded on a truck at a port in Tokyo February 27, 2013. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears poised to raise the curtain on Act Three of his "Abenomics" drama with a decision to join talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact, seen by some as a test of his appetite for vital economic reform. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pauses during remarks at a reception with Japan-US Cultural Exchange Representatives in Washington, February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pauses during remarks at a reception with Japan-US Cultural Exchange Representatives in Washington, February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pauses during remarks at a reception with Japan-US Cultural Exchange Representatives in Washington, February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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