OTTAWA -- The North American Free Trade Agreement opens up Mexico to U.S. and Canadian banks but gives outsiders less opportunity than the European Community does, a Japanese banker complained.

The trade pact, known as Nafta, is of strategic interest to Japanese bankers, but they are skeptical as to whether it may benefit them, Katsuyoshi Tamura, chief economist of the Bank of Tokyo's New York office, told those attending an Asian-American trade seminar.

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