FILE - In this April 24, 2011 file photo, Japanese Trade Minister Banri Kaieda, center, escorts South Korean counterpart Kim Jong-hoon, right, and Chinese counterpart Chen Deming to their economic and... more 
FILE - In this April 24, 2011 file photo, Japanese Trade Minister Banri Kaieda, center, escorts South Korean counterpart Kim Jong-hoon, right, and Chinese counterpart Chen Deming to their economic and trade ministers' meeting among Japan, China and South Korea in Tokyo. Before disaster struck, Japan's leaders were vowing to counter the prospect of long-term economic decline with a new spirit of engagement with the rest of the world. Freer trade and deeper economic ties could help re-energize an economy stifled by deflation and eclipsed in size by rising rival China and in vision by smaller, more dynamic countries such as neighboring South Korea. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Shuji Kajiyama, File
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