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Senators Ask Japan to Lift Beef Import Ban

posted on February 25, 2005

Twenty farm-state senators wrote to Japans ambassador this week to urge Tokyo to keep its promise to allow U.S. beef back into Japanese stores. The letter raised the possibility of a trade war should Japan fail to live up to its October agreement to lift the ban.

If the Japanese government fails to lift the ban expeditiously, we are afraid that the U.S. Congress may pursue equitable, retaliatory economic actions against Japan, the letter said.

Japan imposed the ban in late 2003 after a BSE-infected Holstein was discovered in Washington state. Before the ban, Japan was the most lucrative market for U.S. beef and was worth $1.7 billon in 2003.

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