US acts on Japanese trade

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WASHINGTON - The US yesterday launched trade sanctions proceedings against Japan for allegedly obstructing imports of telecommunications and medical equipment. 'I am taking this action as a result of Japan's failure to address long-standing discrimination against US suppliers,' Mickey Kantor, the US Trade Representative, said.

The dispute centres on Tokyo's procurement practices for telecommunications and medical equipment - areas where US producers are competitive but cannot crack the Japanese market. Reuter

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