BSE talks in Tokyo

Officials from Japan's agriculture ministry, health ministry and foreign ministry are discussing beef safety with US experts in Tokyo.

At the first meeting today, Japanese officials asked the US why the problem occurred and what it plans to do to prevent similar trouble from happening again. NHK reports that Japan's agriculture minister Shoichi Nakagawa stressed that he expects a convincing explanation from the US government before going to the next discussion:

Mr Nakagawa said, "Why did the US government and meat processors fail to abide by the agreement? We need to ask those questions frankly to the US side before discussing a possible resumption of imports."

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