A brain drain could hinder Bush Administration efforts to negotiate trade deals with JapaN.J. Michael Farren, Commerce Under Secretary for international trade, has become the latest in a string of top Japan experts to depart government. Farren, a tough and experienced negotiator not much beloved of his Japanese counterparts, will join the Bush reelection team. Earlier, two top Japan experts in the U.S. Trade Representative's office, S. Linn Williams and Joseph A. Massey, left for the private sector.

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