WASHINGTON — With sales for American automakers in Japan not meeting expectations, the U.S. is appealing to Japan to make stronger market-opening and deregulation efforts. The Office of U.S. Trade Representative and the Commerce Dept. made the statement in a report to monitor the progress of the 1995 Japan-U.S. automotive agreement. Combined U.S. model sales of General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler Corp. in Japan dropped by 35% in 1998 and declined 29% in the first ...

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