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U.S. doesn't understand sensitivity of Japanese consumers: lawmaker

Monday, June 27, 2005 at 07:16 JST
LOS ANGELES — The chief of a delegation of Japanese lawmakers probing U.S. countermeasures for mad cow disease criticized the U.S. Agriculture Department on Saturday for pressing Japan to resume beef imports without trying to understand the sentiment of Japanese consumers.

"They are telling Japan that U.S. beef is safe, so buy it, using only seller's logic, and they don't understand how Japanese, who are sensitive to food safety, feel about the issue," said Kenji Yamaoka, chairman of the House of Representatives Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Committee.

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