TOKYO — Nearly two weeks of rolling blackouts, distribution problems and contamination fears prompted by a leaking, tsunami-damaged nuclear plant have left shelves stripped bare of some basic necessities in stores across Tokyo. Some people are even turning to the city's ubiquitous vending machines to find increasingly scarce bottles of water.
Shino Yuasa and Tomoko A. Hosaka
April 07, 2011
TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister admitted fault Tuesday in the government’s efforts to contain a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, which is crippling farmers in a southern prefecture known for its prized beef.
TOKYO — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pressed Japan on Friday for quick action in planned talks on easing access to its beef market, saying he would put together a negotiating team as soon as he gets home to Washington.
TOKYO — Washington and Tokyo agreed Thursday to start talking again about American beef, a small but significant step toward relaxing import restrictions that have hindered access to the Japanese market.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack suggested Wednesday that restarting talks on U.S. beef imports, subject to prolonged restrictions because of concerns over mad cow disease, will take priority on his visit to Japan.
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who is traveling to Japan April 5 to 9 to Japan, says he hopes to make progress on expanding beef exports to Japan by listening to the Japanese more than Bush administration negotiators did.
Continued bans on U.S. pork imports by China, Russia and more than a dozen other counties have baffled government and industry officials, leading some to speculate that the issue is more about market share than health concerns.
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