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Japan trade chief calls for increased economic ties with ASEAN


Trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Sunday called for increased economic relations between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Speaking at a forum in Tokyo, Motegi said Japan and ASEAN are among each other's most important trading partners, pointing out that Japan's direct investment in the 10-member bloc is larger than that of any other country

The minister of economy, trade and industry made the call a day after Japan and ASEAN vowed to enhance regional economic tie-ups in a joint statement issued after a summit in Tokyo.

The forum brought together commerce ministers, business leaders and academics from the two sides.