Japan Post Office Reform Could Hurt Rivals: US, EU

Law360, New York (May 21, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT) -- U.S. and European Union trade representatives expressed concerns Friday that Japan's plans to reform its postal service may only exacerbate the conglomerate's advantages over private competitors in the insurance, banking and express delivery industries.

Michael Punke, the U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization, and John Clarke, the EU's Charge d'Affaires, met with Japanese Ambassador Shinichi Kitajima in Geneva on Friday to vent their "long-standing and serious concerns" about the "lack of a level playing field" in Japan, the two governments said.

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