Tempers Rising over Trade

Washington insists that Japan open up its market to foreigners

Last year the battle was over automobiles and trucks. Now Japan and the other major industrial countries are heading for an even more serious collision. At issue this time is whether or not Japan's byzantine web of nontariff import barriers is really just disguised protectionism, and, if so, what should be done about it.

Two weeks ago high-level trade officials from the U.S., Canada, the European Community and Japan held two days of meetings in Key Biscayne, Fla. One of the messages of the session was a warning to Japan's Minister of Trade...

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