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Ja­pan is cur­rently South Africa’s third-largest trad­ing part­ner, with R192bn an­nu­ally, Min­is­ter of Trade and In­dus­try Rob Davies said. He briefed the me­dia upon his re­turn from an of­fi­cial state visit to Ja­pan to dis­cuss new ar­eas of eco­nomic col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two coun­tries. Ja­pan was par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved in the au­to­mo­tive and min­er­als ben­e­fi­ci­a­tion sec­tors. Ac­cord­ing to a joint study on fu­ture eco­nomic co-op­er­a­tion, Ja­pan is also par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in in­vest­ing in the agro-pro­cess­ing in­dus­try and in­crease ex­ports from South African fruit, meat, wine, tea and oil-seed pro­duc­ers.

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