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A Nippon Food Inc. official took responsibility Thursday for ordering imported beef to be packaged as domestic so the company could receive government subsidies implemented after mad cow disease hit Japan last year.

“I ordered the deception,” said Shunji Tanaka, chief of the marketing department at Nippon Food’s Himeji branch in Hyogo Prefecture. “There was no instruction (to do so) from the parent company.”

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