Bush to apoint group to consult on Japan trade

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration said it will set up a “consultative group” to deal with U.S.-Japan automotive trade issues instead of negotiating a new agreement like the one in effect from 1995 through 2000. The administration said the group, composed of key officials from the two missions, will meet periodically to address regulatory issues, market access and competition.

The U.S. automotive parts industry has favored a new agreement, but the suppliers’ trade association leaders were not immediately available for comment.

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