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Japan to Continue Campaign for Removal of Sanctions

November 6, 1987

TOKYO (AP) _ Japan’s trade minister said Thursday the government wasn’t satisfied with only a partial lifting of U.S. trade sanctions against Japan and repeated demands for an end to the restrictions.

Trade Minister Hajime Tamura said President Reagan’s decision Wednesday to lift $84 million in new tariffs but leave another $165 million in place will pose problems for the new government of Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita.

″At every forum for dialogue, including, needless to say, GATT (the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade), we shall urge the Unted States to withdraw all of the measures at the earliest possible date,″ Tamura said.

On Oct. 7, Japan filed a complaint with GATT, saying the U.S. sanctions were unwarranted and asking that they be removed. The complaint said Japan would take official action if the problem wasn’t resolved.

In April, Reagan slapped $300 million in tariffs on Japanese televisions, power tools, and small computers, saying Japan had dumped computer chips on world markets at unfairly low prices.

He lifted some tariffs in June. On Wednesday, Reagan said he was leaving $165 million in tariffs in place because Japan had not given U.S. computer chip makers enough access to its markets.

Tamura said that because trade conditions between the two nations are improving, ″there are no grounds for any measures against Japan.″

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