Japan - Taxes on Alcoholic Beverages - Mutually Acceptable Solution on Modalities for Implementation


                                    JAPAN - TAXES ON ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES


                           Mutually Acceptable Solution on Modalities for Implementation



        The following communication, dated 9 January 1998, from the Permanent Mission of Japan and the Permanent Mission of Canada, together with enclosures, is circulated to Members at the request of both delegations.





        The Governments of Canada and Japan wish to notify the Dispute Settlement Body ("DSB") that they have reached a mutually satisfactory solution regarding the implementation by Japan of the conclusions and recommendations adopted by the DSB in the dispute "Japan - Taxes on Alcoholic Beverages".  Accordingly, Canada and Japan consider that Article 21.6 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes no longer requires that this item remain on the agenda of the DSB.


        Please find attached the text of the exchange of letter of 16 and 19 December 1997 on this subject.





            Enclosure 1:Letter Ambassador Mr. Takashi Tajima to Deputy Minister Robert G. Wright of  Canada


        I refer to the consultations between the officials of our two governments on the liquor tax issue.  I am pleased to inform you that the Government of Japan (GOJ) has decided to take the following measures, whose adoption will be in accordance with the necessary domestic legislative procedures, to implement the recommendations and rulings of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body pursuant to the panel and the Appellate Body reports on "Japan - Taxes on Alcoholic Beverages".