TOKYO — Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone's government Monday took its first concrete step to implement a promise to provide a forum for American views on the formation of policy and standards for Japan's telecommunications industry.
A meeting of vice ministers of government ministries and agencies approved an amendment to a Postal and Telecommunications Ministry ordinance expanding the number of members of the ministry's key Telecommunications Deliberation Council from 20 to 22. The revision was to be approved by the Cabinet today as a part of an important series of market-opening measures that will be announced in the late afternoon.
The market-opening package, Nakasone's fifth since taking office in November, 1983, is expected to have a major impact--for good or bad--on Congress, which is threatening to enact retaliatory legislation against Japan if Japan fails to open its market to foreign goods.
In negotiations with the United States, Japan refused to yield to demands that American businessmen be named to the council and its expert subcommittees. But, in a meeting between Nakasone and two special envoys from President Reagan on March 31--the day before Japan ended 105 years of government monopoly control of the telecommunications industry--Nakasone promised to take action to appoint one or more Japanese employes of foreign companies to the council.