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Ministry to consider revising law to protect wagyu beef

  • March 23, 2019
  • , Mainichi , p. 6
  • JMH Translation

By Akiko Kato


The agriculture ministry is considering tightening measures to prevent the sperm, fertilized eggs, and other genetic resources of wagyu from being stolen by other countries. The move is aimed at protecting the Japanese beef brand, whose popularity is growing overseas. Agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa told reporters on March 22, “We have to examine [the issue] with a view to amending the law.” Drawing on discussions within the ruling bloc and at an expert panel set up by the ministry in February, the ministry aims to act quickly to strengthen the framework to prevent the outflow [of genetic resources] to foreign countries. (Abridged)

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