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Japan and the United States will hold “informal talks” August 6 in San Francisco to exchange views on the possible extension of the 1994 NTT Procurement Agreement, set to expire Sept. 30, a Tokyo government official told reporters.

The Posts and Telecommunications Ministry, however, made it clear it has no intention of entering formal negotiations on the issue unless the U.S. Federal Communication Commission allows two Japanese carriers — Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. and KDD — to provide international services based in the U.S.

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