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Japan says `no' to open skies in 2001.

Japan is not prepared to accept an open-skies agreement with the US when the two countries start a new round of air talks in 14 months, a high-ranking Japanese official said recently. Speaking in Washington at a conference sponsored by the Japan International Trade Institute, Katsuji Doi, vice minister for international affairs at the Ministry of Transport, said Japan "would be unable" to accept open skies unless US negotiators address "serious concerns."

Doi identified three problems with open skies as practiced by the US: "First, the policy is designed to keep the domestic market out of reach of foreign carriers. Second, it leaves slots at international airports subject to the existing rules, which grant precedence to incumbent airlines. …

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