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Osamu Watanabe, vice minister for international trade and industry, on July 28 criticized Washington for going too far in its attack on the Fair Trade Commission.

Watanabe’s remark was in reference to last week’s comment by the U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky in her reaction to the FTC’s recent report on Japan’s photographic film and paper market. In a statement released here last July 24, Barshefsky said the FTC “has yet to develop into the type of strong and independent agency capable of effectively dealing with (informal market access barriers).”

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