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Where's The Beef?

posted on June 30, 2006

President Bush this week thanked Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for opening his country's market to American beef, a thorny trade dispute that created tension in a tight personal relationship the two leaders used to strengthen bilateral ties.

Japan agreed last week to lift its ban on U.S. beef imports, pending planned inspections of U.S. meat processing plants by the Japanese. The Asian nation imposed the ban over concerns about mad cow disease.

"I think the Japanese people are going to like the taste of U.S. beef," Bush said of the agreement

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