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Japan's Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Saturday he saw progress in Asia-Pacific regional trade negotiations, although it would be difficult to reach an agreement by the end of the year, according to Jiji press. Trade ministers from the 12 nations participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact held talks on the sidelines of an annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum meeting in Beijing. Japan wants to protect sensitive goods, including beef, pork, rice and dairy, which are important to its farming sector, while the United States seeks to protect U.S. carmakers from increased Japanese competition. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/foxcV3K5zg4/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com