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Japan repeated its request July 1 that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission grant licenses to two leading telecommunications firms to operate international services based in the United States.

Hisao Horinouchi, minister for posts and telecommunications, urged FCC Chairman Reed Hundt to quickly solve the problem, hopefully before he leaves the commission’s top post, a ministry official told reporters. Although his term runs through August 31, 1998, Hundt had earlier expressed his intention to leave the commission as soon as his successor is found.

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