US, Japan Plan Talks On Rare Earth Mineral Supply

Law360, New York (November 9, 2010, 4:58 PM EST) -- In the wake of a recent slowdown in Chinese exports of rare earth minerals, Japan and the United States have reportedly decided to engage in high-level talks on securing the supply of the materials.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and President Barack Obama are expected to finalize an agreement when they meet at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit in Yokohama, Japan, Kyodo News reported Monday, citing unnamed sources close to Japan-U.S. relations.

China produces more than 95 percent of the world's rare earth minerals used...
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