Japan will propose market-liberalization talks in seven industrial sectors, including environment-related equipment and services, transport machinery and film, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, government officials said July 14.

Japan also plans to propose talks on liberalizing the scientific equipment, chemical equipment and investment sectors July 15 for the 18 APEC economies, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Earlier this year, the APEC economies set a July 15 deadline to submit their respective proposals for market-reform talks in specific industrial sectors.

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