US, Japan sign telecoms trade pact

The US and Japan signed an agreement meant to help make it easier for American telecommunications and radio equipment makers to sell their products in Japan, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report said the agreement requires Japan to accept US product testing and certification results that show US equipment meets Japan's technical requirements.

US trade officials said the agreement will lower costs for US businesses and speed up their products' marketing in Japan, the report said.

US-Japan trade in telecommunications equipment totaled about $2.6 billion in 2005, the report further said.