Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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Japan is one country that appears to be following United States policies. On April 1, 1985, the Japanese Government converted Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (NTT) from a government-run, publicly-held corporation into a private entity. Japan adopted the Electric Telecommunication Business Act in December 1984 to create an environment in which private entities can compete. The full extent to which the Japanese Government intends to open its market to non-Japanese firms remains unclear. This Note will discuss the development of Japanese telecommunications policy and the current United States tele-communications policy with respect to market access. The Note then will analyze the new Japanese legislation generally and issues relating to United States-Japan trade relations specifically. Finally, this Note will comment on United States legislative responses to the trade deficit with Japan and the future of United States-Japan telecommunications trade relations.