Dec 13, 2005


Thank you, Larry. And good morning, everyone, back in the states. I am very pleased to be joined tonight by our U.S. trade representative, Rob Portman. And we are very pleased to announce that the Japanese market is now open to U.S. beef.

Resuming beef trade with Japan is great news for American producers, and I would also suggest it's great news for Japanese consumers. It's an important step toward normalized trade based on scientifically sound, internally recognized standards.

Reopening the Japanese market to U.S. beef has been a top priority since becoming Secretary, and I want to thank the many people and organizations that were involved in the process.


At 13.12.05, Blogger Gregor Samsa said...

Thank God Almighty for that!!!

At 13.12.05, Blogger Adorable Girlfriend said...

Kobe beef anyone?

At 13.12.05, Blogger teh l4m3 said...

The Japanese will never know what hit 'em. Hell, I'm not sure if I want to continue eating U.S. beef anymore -- never trust regulatory agencies under a Republican administration!

P.S.: md, you link to me in the blogroll is teh WR0NG!!!1!

At 13.12.05, Blogger mdhatter said...

teh fixed, please do not TP my house.

At 14.12.05, Blogger teh l4m3 said...

Ooh okay now we can snuggle.

At 19.12.05, Blogger mdhatter said...

I'm still amazed that I'm blogrolled at Pajamas Media, thanks to bizarro MichaelB.


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