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