Negotiations between U.S. and Japan government officials on semiconductor trade issues continued late Friday afternoon in Washington, officials said, a sign of mounting pressure on the Japanese to reach an agreement.
According to spokesmen for U.S. Trade Representative Clayton K. Yeutter, the sessions were likely to continue into the weekend.
The pressure is on both sides, but especially the Japanese, to settle the complex trade dispute by Monday, the last day on which the U.S. Commerce Department could move to suspend its final determination on one of two pending cases that claim that semiconductors from Japan were sold below fair market value in this country.
Any settlement would apply not only to the dumping cases but also to the unfair trade practices charges filed against the Japanese by an industry trade group seeking access to Japan's market. It is a rare example of two sections of U.S. trade law being brought to bear in tandem against a trading partner.
In late May, the negotiations produced a "framework" for an agreement, but industry officials privately have said the Japanese are balking at proposed guidelines for increasing U.S. companies' share of the Japanese market.