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May 28, 2008

FTA to take effect July 1

A free trade agreement between Japan and Indonesia will take effect July 1 following an exchange of documents in Tokyo on Sunday, Kyodo news agency quoted the Japanese foreign ministry as saying Tuesday.

The FTA is the sixth for Japan following those with Singapore, Mexico, Malaysia, Chile and Thailand. The pact will eliminate tariffs on most bilateral trade between the two countries.

In addition, Japan will accept 1,000 nurses and nursing-care specialists from the Southeast Asian nation over the next two years from July.

It will be the first time for Japan to accept nurses and nursing-care specialists from overseas on a full-scale basis.

The economic accord also includes, for the first time, a provision on stable supply of crude oil and natural gas from Indonesia to Japan.

Indonesia is the largest supplier of natural gas to Japan, and the sixth-largest exporter of crude oil to Japan.

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