Unlike Britain, Japan did not have the same domestic political pressure to strike a deal. Japan already has 17 free trade agreements covering important trading partners, including the EU (EU-Japan EPA) and Asia-Pacific countries (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)). In addition, Japan has concluded the trade agreement and digital trade agreement with the United States (which entered into force in January 2020). Domestically, expectations are high for the completion of the Regional Economic Partnership (RCEP), of which China is a part.  With regard to the UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement, Japan wanted to make it known that it was a close strategic economic partner for the UK and that it was creating a solid basis for the development of its strategic trade relations and, beyond that, for pursuing its foreign policy.
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