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Japan eyes energy in FTA with Australia

United Press International | 13 Mar 2007

Japan eyes energy in FTA with Australia

Energy News Editor

TOKYO, March 13 (UPI) — Japanese Trade Minister Akira Amari wants an energy clause included in the free-trade agreement being worked out with Australia.

Amari wants the clause to ensure a stable supply of energy to Japan, Asia’s No. 2 importer of energy, the Kyodo news agency reported Tuesday.

During a meeting with Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Amari said that under their deal, Japan could develop Australia’s uranium mines.

There was no official Australian response, Kyodo noted.

Australia is already a top supplier of coal and liquefied natural gas to Japan.

Talks on a free-trade agreement are scheduled for April 23 and 24.

Howard is on a four-day visit to Japan that began Sunday.

 source: Earth Times