Mix-up almost put Japan FTA on ice

Marathon talks on Japan free-trade agreement were almost derailed on Sunday.

The marathon talks on a free-trade agreement with Japan were almost derailed last Sunday when a misunderstanding put the entire deal on hold.

Trade Minister Andrew Robb waited hours to restart the negotiations as he tried to get in touch with Japanese Agriculture Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, who had left Tokyo to return to his home three hours away.

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