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WASHINGTON (Kyodo) U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran summoned the Japanese ambassador to the United States to his office Wednesday and urged Japan to lift its import ban on U.S. beef as soon as possible.

Ryozo Kato told reporters after the meeting he refused to give any timeline, saying Japan needed more time and was not intentionally delaying its response to the 470-page U.S. report on an investigation into the January veal shipment that violated the bilateral accord and triggered the reinstatement of the ban.

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