Market-Oriented Sector-Selective

U.S./Japan

Bilateral trade discussions between the U.S. and Japan begun in January 1985 in an effort to remove many trade barriers at once in a given sector. MOSS talks have focused on five sectors:

(1) telecommunications

(2) medical equipment and pharmaceuticals

(3) electronics

(4) forest products

(5) auto parts.

Overall, the talks focus high-level attention on reducing certain market obstacles opening communication channels to resolve follow-up disputes.

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