Sens. Urge Obama To Press Japan On Beef Barriers

Law360, New York (September 22, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT) -- A bipartisan group of 22 senators on Wednesday asked President Barack Obama to put pressure on Japan to lift its restrictions on the importation of American beef when he meets Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Thursday.

In a letter written by Nebraska Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, the lawmakers asked Obama to raise the issue of Japan's restrictions on U.S. beef, which have been in effect since December 2003, after a Canadian-born cow in Washington state was diagnosed with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease....
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