U.S. BEEF OFF TO A SLOW START IN JAPAN

WASHINGTON - Japanese shoppers seem to have a beef with red meat from the U.S.Five Costco Wholesale club stores in Japan are selling American beef, but other retailers are shunning it. Nearly a month ago, the Japanese government announced it would resume imports of U.S. beef from cattle 20 months of age or younger.Wal-Mart Stores' Japanese division, Seiyu, has "not received any volume of customer

WASHINGTON - Japanese shoppers seem to have a beef with red meat from the U.S.

Five Costco Wholesale club stores in Japan are selling American beef, but other retailers are shunning it. Nearly a month ago, the Japanese government announced it would resume imports of U.S. beef from cattle 20 months of age or younger.

Wal-Mart Stores' Japanese division, Seiyu, has "not received any volume of customer requests and have no specific plans to recommence imports," said Amy Wyatt

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