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By Tim Leeds 

Japan fully opens to U.S. beef imports


Montana might be able to up its beef trade with Japan, with the final relaxation of restrictions in place since 2003.

A release from U.S. Department of Agriculture said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions “that eliminate Japan’s longstanding restrictions on U.S. beef exports, paving the way for expanded sales to the United States’ top global beef market.”

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