Japan and the United States will hold a third round of talks on extending the 1995 Auto and Auto Parts Pact on Dec. 18 and 19 in San Francisco, International Trade and Industry Minister Takeo Hiranuma said Tuesday.

Hisamitsu Arai, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry’s vice minister for international affairs, will head the Japanese side in the two-day vice-ministerial-level meeting to discuss the future of the existing bilateral agreement, which expires at the end of the year.

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