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Published reports say that the US government has agreed to permit Japanese inspectors to certify the conditions in American meatpacking plants, a move that the government hopes will lead to increased sales of US beef in Japan.

Concerns about mad cow disease lave led to restrictions on US beef imports by Japan, and while most restrictions have been eliminated, only two major retailers there – Costco and Wal-Mart – sell US beef.
KC's View:
For those who were questioning why US inspectors have to wait for an invitation to visit Chinese plants to find out about melamine contamination, this explains why. The shoe, as they say, is on the other foot. Or hoof.