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Japanese Ag Minister Norihiko Akagi resigned amid financial scandals after having only held the job since the June suicide of the previous minister, also riddled with money and bribery scandals. The minister's resignation has put a planned Thursday meeting with USDA Secretary Mike Johanns on hold.
Johanns insisted in an interview Wednesday that the U.S.-Japanese working relationship "is very, very strong, and it's stronger than a single minister."
Johanns also says that
Johanns also told reporters Wednesday that it was his "understanding" that South Korean inspectors found a vertebral column derived from an animal younger than 30 months of age in a shipment of
However, out of some 600,000 boxes of