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01 February 2007
View news from Japan Japanese carcase prices high in 2006
JAPAN - Carcase prices for Japanese beef were higher in 2006, as supply continued to be limited. ...
View news from Japan Japan stock increases in November
JAPAN - Japanese stock levels of imported beef at the end of November were 18% greater than at the same time in 2005, reflecting high import volumes in November 2006 and a fall in consumption. ...
30 January 2007
View news from Japan U.S. beef imports low 6 months since ban ended
TOKYO - Lingering fears about mad cow disease and tight government restrictions have kept imports of U.S. beef at just one-tenth of what they were, even though a ban was lifted six months ago. ...
16 January 2007
View news from Japan Japan May Ease U.S. Beef Inspections
JAPAN - Japan may scale back stringent inspections of U.S. beef imports that were imposed over mad cow fears, a senior health official was quoted as saying Monday. ...
15 January 2007
View news from Japan Japan may scale back inspection of U.S. beef imports
JAPAN - The government indicated Monday it may end the current practice of inspecting all boxes of beef imports from the United States over fears of mad-cow disease. ...
12 January 2007
View news from Japan Japan to extend the current Safeguard measure in 2007
JAPAN - Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has set the trigger levels of beef safeguard in Japan Fiscal Year (JFY) 2007, proposing that the current Temporary Tariff Measures Law for JFY 2006 be extended to JFY 2007. It is likely...
11 January 2007
View news from Japan U.S. wants talks to start on Japan's beef import age limit
JAPAN - U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab called on Japan on Wednesday to start talks later this year on easing its criteria for American beef imports, visiting Japanese farm minister Toshikatsu Matsuoka said. ...
08 January 2007
View news from Japan Gene-engineered cattle resist BSE
JAPAN - US and Japanese scientists reported on Sunday that they had used genetic engineering to produce cattle that resist mad cow disease. ...
20 December 2006
View news from Japan Japanese restaurants lobby for more U.S. beef
JAPAN - Japanese restaurants are set to urge the government to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports, saying the stringent rules are causing a serious supply crunch, officials said Tuesday. ...
08 December 2006
View news from Japan Japan Mulls US Suggestion For Correcting Meatpacker Errors
JAPAN - Japanese government officials Thursday began assessing a U.S. government report recommending corrective steps to be taken by a U.S. meatpacker that made a shipment last month without proper documentation, an official said. ...
View news from Japan Japan ox indicator reduced
JAPAN - Grown steer rates suffered from weaker demand this week with the year drawing to a close. The national Japan ox and medium steer indicators declined by 13¢ and 4¢, to 153¢ and 154¢/kg lwt, respectively....
14 November 2006
View news from Japan Japan Reports 30th BSE Case
JAPAN - A 5-year and 4-month-old female cow, which died last week in northern Japan, has tested positive for mad cow disease, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Monday. This is the 30th case of confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy...
09 November 2006
View news from Japan Japan bans beef imports from U.S. meat factory after unapproved cattle part found
JAPAN - The government on Wednesday suspended beef imports from a U.S. meat processing factory after finding a cattle part that had not been approved for shipment. ...
08 November 2006
View news from Japan Japan says to halt imports from one U.S. beef plant
JAPAN - Japan has decided to temporarily suspend beef imports from one U.S. plant after a cargo from the plant arrived without the necessary documentation, a Health Ministry official told reporters on Wednesday. ...
View news from Japan Japan finds fresh violation of US beef import rules
JAPAN - Japan has said it will ban imports of beef from one US factory for violating safety guidelines against madcow disease reached after a bitter bilateral feud. Faced with threats of sanctions, Japan in July agreed to resume US beef imports on condition...
25 October 2006
View news from Japan Quarantined U.S. beef to enter market
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday endorsed a government plan to start releasing 910 tons of U.S. beef held in customs since the January import ban was imposed, LDP officials said. ...
10 October 2006
View news from Japan Australian beef price hikes hit Japan
JAPAN - The average price of imported beef in Japan hit its highest level on record last week as Australian beef price hikes were coupled with the yen's decline, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said. ...
02 October 2006
View news from Japan Poll: Japanese Consumers Warming To U.S. Beef
JAPAN - A national study of Japanese consumers by Tokyo-based Macromill for the U.S. Meat Export Federation showed that 52 percent agree with the government's decision to resume imports of U.S. beef, and roughly the same number were either positive...
29 September 2006
View news from Japan Japanese Authorities Confirm 29th Case of BSE
JAPAN - The authorities in Japan have confirmed the country's 29th case of mad cow disease. The Agriculture Ministry said tests had confirmed that a 75-month-old Holstein cow from a farm on the northern island of Hokkaido had been infected with mad...
27 September 2006
View news from Japan 29th suspected case of mad cow in Japan
JAPAN - A cow in northern Japan is suspected of having the country's 29th case of mad cow disease, an official said Tuesday. Preliminary tests on the animal at the Ishikari Livestock Hygiene Service Center in Hokkaido prefecture on Japan's northernmost...
18 September 2006
View news from Japan Fans celebrate return of Yoshinoya beef bowl after lifting of US beef ban
JAPAN - Japanese diners have celebrated the eagerly waited return of gyudon, a beef bowl dish by the Yoshinoya restaurant chain, after Japan lifted a ban on US beef imports. The fast-food chain took on a symbolic status during Japan's ban on US beef...
08 September 2006
View news from Japan Japan not to ease rule on U.S. beef imports: Farm Ministry official
JAPAN - Japanese Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yoshio Kobayashi said Thursday that Japan has no plans at present to ease its rule on U.S. beef imports. Kobayashi made the remark at a press conference after U.S. Agriculture Secretary...
04 September 2006
View news from Japan Hunger for U.S. beef exceeds expectation
JAPAN - Consumer demand for U.S. beef is so high that Japanese retailers are running short of supplies, with one popular restaurant chain planning to ration beef to its customers. ...
22 August 2006
View news from Japan Japan has a cow over American beef
JAPAN - It's been weeks since Japan ditched its import ban on U.S. beef and the first shipment went on sale, but American beef is nowhere to be seen at supermarkets here - except this nation's five Costco stores. Many Japanese are worried about the...
16 August 2006
View news from Japan Japanese wary of US beef imports
JAPAN - Last month, Japan reopened its doors to US beef, giving hope to exporters that the lucrative market might rebound, but Japanese consumers are not as optimistic. Source: FoodNavigator-USA...
View news from Japan Japan approves 35th US beef packing plant
JAPAN - There’s an additional U.S. beef packing plant from which the Japanese will accept shipments. Japan’s ag ministry says Brawley Beef located in California but owned by National Beef in Kansas City, passed inspection last week. It’s...
10 August 2006
View news from Japan First U.S. beef since ban goes on sale at Costco
JAPAN - U.S. beef went on sale Wednesday for the first time since the lifting of a ban imposed in January over mad cow disease, officials from the stores selling the meat said. Inspectors Tuesday opened the way for sales of U.S. beef to resume in the...
07 August 2006
View news from Japan Shipment of U.S. Beef Arrives in Japan
JAPAN - Japan imported its first shipment of American beef since January on Monday, resuming a once-booming business that has been crippled for nearly three years over fears of mad cow disease. The 5.1 tons of American chilled beef arrived on a cargo...
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