US-Japan beef breakthrough unlikely-USDA’s Johanns
WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) – A White House visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe next week may not bring an expansion of U.S. beef sales to Japan, said Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns on Thursday.
“I’d be very surprised if there was a breakthrough,” Johanns told reporters. He said he had no meetings scheduled with Japanese officials during Abe’s visit, set for April 26-27.
Johanns said he and Japan’s agriculture minister, Toshikatsu Matsuoka, discussed beef trade by telephone earlier on Thursday. “We did not reach an agreement,” said Johanns.