BOSTON - U.S. business executives in Japan want to enlist mutual fund companies to help lobby Japanese officials about the laws which will govern Japan's planned 401(k)-style retirement program.

A committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan will ask fund companies with a stake in developing business in that country to help make presentations to members of Japan's parliament, the Diet, and other government officials, said Christopher P. Wells, a member of the Chamber's finance committee. One goal of the lobbying effort will be to urge Japan to permit employees to make 401(k) contributions on a pre-tax basis, Wells said.

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