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From: TSS ()
Subject: Japan PM Downplays Worry Beef Row May Hurt US Ties -Kyodo
Date: March 8, 2005 at 1:20 pm PST

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Subject: Japan PM Downplays Worry Beef Row May Hurt US Ties -Kyodo
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 11:32:39 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Japan PM Downplays Worry Beef Row May Hurt US Ties -Kyodo


DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
March 8, 2005 7:20 a.m.

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi played down concern
Tuesday that an ongoing dispute with the U.S. over Japan's ban on
imports of U.S. beef could develop into a source of more serious trade
friction, Kyodo news service reported.

"Japan has good relations with the United States. We'll seek a solution
that can be mutually agreed to," Koizumi told reporters.

Koizumi was referring to growing U.S. pressure on Japan to specify a
date for lifting the 15-month-old ban on U.S. beef imports before U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Japan from March 18.

The beef trade issue is expected to be a main topic during talks between
Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura and Rice slated for March
19, a Foreign Ministry source said, Kyodo reported.

Koizumi also plans to meet with Rice and discuss the issue during her
two-day stay in Japan, the source said.

Koizumi's administration currently takes the position that it will wait
for Food Safety Commission findings before deciding whether to lift the
U.S. beef embargo.

Japan and the U.S. basically agreed in October to a plan that Tokyo will
resume imports of U.S. beef aged up to 20 months old.

But Japan has stopped short of implementing the measure as the Food
Safety Commission, a panel independent from the government, suggests
that concern over beef safety still remains.

The current situation is apparently a source of irritation for not only
U.S. officials but also for some in the Japanese government, including
Machimura.

Machimura repeated a call on the Food Safety Commission to speed up
ongoing studies on beef safety, telling a press conference the
frustration in the U.S. could develop into a source of bilateral
"friction," Kyodo reported.

Meanwhile, food safety minister Yasufumi Tanahashi was adamant that the
commission would continue essential studies on beef safety and shun any
political pressure.

"The commission is holding scientific discussions and is not expected to
take any political consideration into account," Tanahashi told a
separate press conference, according to Kyodo.

Japan stopped imports of American beef in December 2003 when the U.S.
discovered its first BSE case. Japan was the largest importer of U.S.
beef until then.

http://online.wsj.com/

> Meanwhile, food safety minister Yasufumi Tanahashi was adamant that
> the commission would continue essential studies on beef safety and
> shun any political pressure.
>
> "The commission is holding scientific discussions and is not expected
> to take any political consideration into account," Tanahashi told a
> separate press conference, according to Kyodo.
>

IT'S a damn shame USDA et al cannot do the same thing, but there
is absolutely NOTHING scientific about GWs et al BSE MRR
policy. IT"S a policy of nothing more than politics and greed, nothing
more than commodities and futures and open the borders at all cost,
including maybe the death of your mother, father, brother, sister,
aunt or uncle or just maybe a close friend. THEN we all sit and
listen to the lies about how sporadic CJD just happens without
route and source, when all science points in the other direction.
UNTIL GW et al and USDA moves towards science, abolish the
nonsense of the BSE MRR policy, Japan, Korea and all other Countries
around the globe should hold fast on the ban on North American
beef and other meats i.e. deer/elk/sheep/goats. Until we get answers
on those TEXAS mad cows, the rendered one and the positive, positive,
inconclusive, negatives and all those others UPI uncovered via FOIA,
OH, not to forget those Vermont Aypical sheep we were lied to about,
until all these questions have been answered, until the partial and
voluntary
8/4/97 feed ban is strictly enforced (never has been and the June
2004 enhanced BSE cover-up was JUST THAT), until all this has been
done, any country that imports these products from USA risk many different
strains of TSE infecting there people. IT"S just not worth it. IF the USDA
et al continues to try and force the Globe to adhere to these insane rules
of Trading TSEs globally, I also urge the EFSA to once again re-evaluate
and upgrade all of North America's BSE GBR to a risk assessment of
BSE GBR IV, just because of the stupidity involved in this BSE MRR
policy. THIS policy must be abolished immediately, before it ever gets
started, or 25+ years of attempting to errdicate this hideous disease will
be for naught, and from there we move backward...

TSS

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