I’m glad Japan has made a science-based decision to reopen its market to imports of beef from cattle aged 20 months or younger.  Millions of Americans consume beef everyday.  We know this product is safe.  Japanese consumers will once again be able to enjoy U.S. beef.  Our trade representative and agriculture secretary worked hard to help make this happen.  I also encourage scientists from the United States and Japan to continue working together to resolve differences that prevent beef from the United States that’s over 20 months from being shipped to Japan.  In the end, I hope today’s news is a major first step toward the full resumption of beef trade with Japan.