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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Japan Better Get a Moooooove on...

Or it just might trigger a trade war with the US.

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Thomas Schieffer Friday called on Japan to resume imports of his country's beef as early as possible, warning that a prolonged import ban "could set off a trade war," The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported in its Saturday morning edition.

In a lecture in Tokyo, Schieffer also argued that no system is mistakeproof, referring to the cases in Japan and Hong Kong in which banned cattle parts were found in U.S. beef. The meat in question didn't reach consumers because "elements of the system worked," he said, aiming to dispel public concerns about the safety of U.S. beef.

Schieffer also stressed that both parties resolve the issue through "rational discussions based on science."

With no signs of Japan resuming imports of U.S. beef anytime soon, he said that "if we are not able to resolve this issue very soon, I'm very concerned that the United States Congress will lose its patience and we could set off a trade war" as a result.
It's time for the Japanese public to get over its irrational fears of Mad Cow disease. I just can not understand it, no matter how Darin tries to tell me how logical it is. There are so many things that are far more likely to kill you than Mad Cow disease. This is a nation that eats Fugu for crying out loud!

I said it earlier, the US is getting real tired of this and congress will do something soon. Lift the ban and get on with life.