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article imageJapanese government reiterates free trade partnership with Peru

By Christopher Bates     Jul 11, 2011 in Business
Lima - In an effort to help reduce poverty in Peru, the Japanese government has reiterated its partnership with the South American country.
Following the free trade agreement signed (FTA) back in May, Japanese Ambassador Masahiro Fukukawa recently appeared at a water treatment plant's inauguration ceremony in Santa María de Huachipa, Lima.
Fukukawa said: “The government of Japan has decided to continue supporting Peru's efforts in developing as a country and reducing poverty.”
In an attempt to become closer to Asia, Peru president Alan García has already signed FTA's with both China and South Korea, while talk of an FTA with India remains positive.
In the period from January to April, Peru exported $849 million worth of goods to Japan - a staggering increase of 36% from the same period in 2010. Copper, zinc and lead remain Peru's largest exports.
Earlier this year, García apologized for the mistreatment of Japanese immigrants during the Second World War, who were deported to internment camps in the United States.
He said: "Today, as president of Peru, we ask for forgiveness for this grave attack on human rights and the dignity of the Peruvian-Japanese and the Japanese in 1941. The Peruvian government has never asked for forgiveness or apologized. Today I say, as president of Peru, that we ask for forgiveness."
A famous Japanese-Peruvian is Keiko Fujimori - a politician who recently lost her bid for presidency to Ollanta Humala. Humala succeeds García on July 28.
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