Vice President Dan Quayle arrives Sunday to add his voice to a chorus of U.S. trade negotiators pressing for concessions on products ranging from autos to semiconductors.
While Quayle tours U.S. military facilities and meets Emperor Akihito, Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu and other Japanese leaders, trade officials will be engaged in intense talks on perennial disputes between the trading partners.The talks that began Friday with negotiations on semiconductors are expected to last until Sunday.
The two nations remain divided on whether Japan will guarantee foreign computer chip makers a 20 percent share of the Japanese market. While the United States wants that achieved by the end of 1992, Japan says it can't guarantee shares in the private market.
Foreign chips account for 13.1 percent of the Japanese market, up from 9 percent five years ago, according to U.S. figures.
Talks start next week on opening the Japanese construction market.