Japan, Mongolia to launch talks on bilateral free trade, rare earths


TOKYO — Japan and Mongolia are expected to agree on starting talks on a bilateral free-trade deal next week that would include a stable supply of rare earth minerals, a government official said Friday.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Mongolia’s President Tsakhia Elbegdorj are expected to agree on the launch of the trade talks early next year when they meet next week in Tokyo, a foreign ministry official told reporters.