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October 21, 1995 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During his stint as a U.S. Commerce Department trade negotiator during the mid-1980s, Clyde Prestowitz wondered why the Japanese side seemed to know about the divisions within the American team over semiconductor talks and about the contents of his briefing book. Prestowitz never learned how Japanese officials acquired their knowledge. But he and other U.S. officials assumed they were being bugged and took care to make important calls only over secure lines in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
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October 21, 1995 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During his stint as a U.S. Commerce Department trade negotiator during the mid-1980s, Clyde Prestowitz wondered why the Japanese side seemed to know about the divisions within the American team over semiconductor talks and about the contents of his briefing book. Prestowitz never learned how Japanese officials acquired their knowledge. But he and other U.S. officials assumed they were being bugged and took care to make important calls only over secure lines in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
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