A national association of telecommunications equipment suppliers has asked the Japanese and U.S. governments Wednesday not to extend a bilateral pact obligating Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. to procure foreign-made products.

The 1980 Japan-U.S. NTT procurement agreement expires at the end of this month; the next day Japan’s telecommunications giant splits into a holding company and three separate firms in a state effort to reinvigorate the telecommunications market through competition.

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