The US and Japan struck a deal last Friday to keep the Internet a tax-free zone despite an ongoing disagreement on how to handle the East Asian financial crisis.
The deal commits the world's two largest economies to a policy of encouraging self-regulation by Internet vendors in the burgeoning ecommerce market. It came during a meeting between US president Bill Clinton and the Japanese prime minister Ryutaro Hashimoto.
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