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January 19, 2018
|U.S.-Japan Regulatory Reform and Competition Policy Initiative |
On June 30, 2001, President Bush and Prime Minister Koizumi established the Regulatory Reform and Competition Policy Initiative (Regulatory Reform Initiative), which is an important component of the U.S.-Japan Economic Partnership for Growth. Each year, the two Governments exchange reform recommendations in the fall under this Initiative. These recommendations serve as a basis for annual reports to the President and Prime Minister, specifying reform measures to be taken by each Government. USTR is the lead agency for the U.S. Government for this Initiative, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) takes the lead for the Japanese Government. Both Governments have extensive interagency participation in the five Working Groups.
The Telecommunications Working Group under the Regulatory Reform Initiative is led by USTR, with substantial participation by ITA. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and MOFA co-chair the Telecom Working Group for Japan. The Working Group has become the main bilateral mechanism in which the U.S. Government addresses trade-related telecom issues with Japan.
The annual recommendations and annual report include all sectors covered by the Regulatory Reform Initiative. Below are extracts of the telecom sections of these documents.
Excerpts from the Annual Reports to the Leaders
Measures by the Government of Japan/Government of the United States
Eighth Report to Leaders 7/6/09
Seventh Report to Leaders 7/5/08
Sixth Report to the Leaders 6/6/07
Fifth Report to the Leaders 6/29/06
Fourth Report to the Leaders 11/2/05
Third Report to the Leaders 6/8/04
Second Report to the Leaders 5/23/03
First Report to the Leaders 6/25/02
Excerpts from the Annual Recommendations
2008-2009 U.S. Recommendations to Japan 10/15/08
2007-2008 U.S. Recommendations to Japan 10/18/07
2006-2007 U.S. Recommendations to Japan 12/5/06
2005-2006 U.S. Recommendations to Japan 12/7/05
2004-2005 U.S. Recommendations to Japan 10/14/04
2003-2004 U.S. Recommendations to Japan 10/24/03
2002-2003 U.S. Recommendations to Japan 10/23/02
2001-2002 U.S. Recommendations to Japan 10/14/01
Creation of the U.S.-Japan Economic Partnership for Growth in June 2001
Other Links (Enhanced Deregulation Initiative, Agreements, etc.)
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