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U.S., Japan fail to reach deal on whaling practices

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WASHINGTON — U.S. and Japanese officials meeting here Monday failed to reach an agreement on ending a dispute over Japan's whaling practices, but the two sides will try again before the start of an International Whaling Commission meeting later this month, a Japanese Embassy official said.

Japan's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tsutomu Takebe met with top Bush administration trade and agriculture officials. Among items on their agenda was the whaling dispute, which has strained U.S.-Japan ties.

Last September, the Clinton administration suspended Japan's access to fishing rights in U.S. waters after Japan expanded its whaling practices to include species protected by U.S. law. The Bush administration in recent months also has been critical of Japan.