Japan imported 105 tons of U.S. beef in August, first month after ban lifted
TOKYO – Japan’s U.S. beef imports in the first month after the lifting of a ban stood at a fraction of what they used to be, according to government trade figures released Thursday.
Japan imported just 105 tons, worth 80 million yen ($678,000), of U.S. beef in August – the first month after the lifting of a two-year ban on American beef. That’s about 5 percent of the monthly average in 2003 before the ban, according to Finance Ministry statistics official Toru Tanaka.
Japan imported a total of 200,000 tons worth $1.4 billion in 2003.