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In a letter to Washington, Transport Minister Makoto Koga said his ministry has no intention of accepting two U.S. demands related to deregulation of the auto parts industry, ministry officials said Sept. 10.

Koga stated in the letter, sent Sept. 8, that the Transport Ministry cannot accept the demand that brakes be dropped from a list of auto parts required to be checked by government-approved inspectors after the part is repaired or replaced with a new one by engineers who do not have the appropriate licenses, citing safety concerns.

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