NATION : Bush Awaits Japan FSX Comments

From Times wire services

President Bush is awaiting Japan’s response to proposed changes in the FSX project and expects to announce his final decision this week, the White House said today.

Spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said the changes Bush sought were spelled out by Secretary of State James A. Baker III during a meeting Monday with Japanese Ambassador Nobuo Matsunaga.

Baker, joined by Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, Commerce Secretary Robert A. Mosbacher and National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, met Matsunaga to discuss “various options and aspects related to the decision,” Fitzwater said. “We’re interested in their (Japan’s) view of some of the suggestions we’ve made and some of the options we’ve laid out,” the spokesman added.