Japan and the United States started bilateral vice ministerial-level civil aviation talks Sept. 22 at the Transport Ministry in an effort to resolve the current dispute over liberalization of the aviation market in the Asia-Pacific region.

At an earlier meeting in July, the two sides set a goal to reach an agreement by the end of September. On Sept. 22, the negotiators discussed such issues as an increase in flight quotas for so-called nonincumbent carriers and “beyond rights,” which allow carriers to fly to third countries via Japan or the U.S, a Transport Ministry official said.

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