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Japan did not keep its promise to send officials to check U.S. meatpacking plants before resuming U.S. beef imports in December, farm minister Shoichi Nakagawa admitted Monday.

“It was not possible to check if conditions for resuming U.S. beef imports were being met until we actually resumed imports,” Nakagawa said in response to questions from Democratic Party of Japan member Yoshihisa Matsuno before the House of Representatives Budget Committee session.

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