European Council president Donald Tusk shakes hands with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe (Image Credit: AFP)

EU and Japan reach free trade deal

The European Union and Japan have formally agreed an outline free-trade deal.

The agreement paves the way for trading in goods without tariff barriers between two of the world's biggest economic areas.

However, few specific details are known and a full, workable agreement may take some time.

Two of the most important sectors are...