Government slams U.S. film complaints

U.S. allegations of discrimination in Japanese laws and actions on imported photographic film are “groundless,” the government said Feb. 21.

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry issued a statement saying that all of the allegedly unfair measures are “fully consistent” with GATT rules. The statement was in response to the submission of a brief by the U.S. to a World Trade Organization dispute panel contending that Japan’s policies and practices have obstructed the sale of imported film. A ministry official said that the Japanese government will analyze specifics of the U.S. submission and present its opinions to the WTO by early April.