WASHINGTON — In one of his first speeches since taking office, U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor said Wednesday that he was "resolute and determined" to take on Japan and make sure it buys more U.S. computer chips.
The top trade negotiator in the Democratic Administration said his attitude toward Tokyo in the competitive high-tech arena was part of a new and more active U.S. trade policy.
"We have every intention of creating a new framework of shared responsibility with our trading partners," Kantor said in remarks prepared for delivery to the Semiconductor Industry Assn.
The powerful industry group wants greater access to the Japanese chip market, saying Tokyo refuses to play fair.
Kantor--a newcomer on trade who has ruffled feathers overseas--gave the group just what it wanted to hear. "We want shared responsibility, no free riders and a new set of standards about what is productive behavior," he said.