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Japan's beef imports from TPP members soar more than 50% in January

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That Aussie beef is still overpriced for what you get. And a lot of it is crap.

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2033 seems an awful long time away.

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Has the amount of beef imported from the USA decreased ? (if any is imported)

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Good! Japanese beef is insanely overpriced and contains more fat than meat.

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JoeintokyoToday  

That Aussie beef is still overpriced for what you get. And a lot of it is crap.-----------------------

I agree, for one thing, any beef imported in to Japan is half the thickness it should be. No decent eye fillet or scotch fillet. NZ beef from grass fed animals is the best apart from Japanese beef. Japanese beef is also rich in the good Omega 3 fats.

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Demand for Aussie beef have risen dramatically in the past decade resulting to supply not meeting demand which resulted in slaughtering under-matured cow which caused the demise in quality.

If you look at a slab of sirloin steak from Australia you'll find it the amount of meat to be thinner from the outer fatty layer and the taste to be more bitter due to the lack of aging.

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I haven't noticed any price decreases lately though, are we actually paying less or are the companies just enjoying the free profits? You can still find American steaks at around 250yen/100g at places like Hanamasa and Costco...

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 NZ beef from grass fed animals is the best

If Aussie beef is so crap then why are they the biggest importer!? nearly all of Australian beef is grass fed, they roam on the largest cattle ranches/stations in the world. If you want to pay more you can get excellent premium Tasmanian beef . Australian like NZ beef has the strictest quaranteen practices in the world which is why in the last 40yrs there have been almost zero outbreaks of foot in mouth , mad cow livestock diseases. The fact remains Australian NZ beef is a quality safe product, Australia has the advantage of scale in that they can produce 10s thousands of cattle on just one ranch. largest ranch in Austrlia has over 23000 sq/km / 5.8 million acres. many of them holding over 20,000 head of cattle.

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As I get older I am eating less meat but glad to hear this trend.

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Aussie beef is the best in the world... the US stuff is second rate garbage.

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The best two places in the world to get beef/sheep/venison/ salmon is Australia or New Zealand, even the Yellow Tail Kingfish coming from Australia is better than a lot of the wild caught or farm breed stock.

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The best two places in the world to get beef/sheep/venison/ salmon is Australia or New Zealand

I prefer Norwegian salmon, and Japanese beef any day over anything from Australia or NZ.

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Another hard effort grown industry down the drain. Beef farmers in japan are the best in the world .2nd to no other nations. I have lived & worked in Japan for more than 32 years. I have been educated in Japanese ingredients for 32 years. Despite of the high prices of Japanese beef, this beef is the best in the world. Pls consider all the efforts that these farmers had put in. Pls buy Japanese beef, Japanese beef is second to none. Japan have the best beef. Not just the price.

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Japanese beef is second to none. Japan have the best beef. Not just the price.

fat isnt beef, Japanese may like high fat beef by most gaijin prefer leaner, healthier cuts, taste is in the mind of the buyer. what may be prized in Japan isnt always prized overseas.

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and Japanese beef any day over anything from Australia or NZ.

fine for the Japanese mindest, there is a reason why Australia is one of the largest beef exporters in the world, majority of Australian beef doesnt go to Japan, countires like China , middle east, Indonesia are lining up to buy it.

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fine for the Japanese mindest, there is a reason why Australia is one of the largest beef exporters in the world, majority of Australian beef doesnt go to Japan, countires like China , middle east, Indonesia are lining up to buy it.

Nevertheless, I'll still take Japanese beef over Australian literally any day of the week.

I had some great shabu-shabu with Yonezawa-gyuu the other night. Delicious. Better than any Aussie beef I've ever had.

Don't get me wrong, Aussie beef is very high quality, and can be counted on as safe to eat. I'll choose that over most beef in the world any day of the week. But I'll choose Japanese beef first.

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2033 seems an awful long time away.

I agree very much.

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Aussie beef is the best in the world... the US stuff is second rate garbage.

Come on! It's possible to produce both good and bad beef almost anywhere. Here in Scotland, we're told by our betters that our beef is the best in the world. But I know I can get both good and bad, depending on where I shop and how much I'm willing to pay.

nearly all of Australian beef is grass fed

But our grass is better than your grass! :-)

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Hmmm. As far as I can tell, grass fed Aussie beef is great. Japanese beef is full of fat, which I do not l ike. USA beef is suspect for factory farming cruelty and excessive drugs and antibiotics, so I avoid it. Looking for more lamb from NZ, please. In Japan, the "chidori" chicken wins my taste buds. But, 2033? That is 14 years from now!

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I prefer Japanese domestic beef generally. The marbled fat is fine because it adds flavour while not making the meat tough to eat.

When I do buy imported beef I go for Australian. I bought some cubed curry beef for a great price from Sandi supermarket at the weekend and was delicious. Super lean and melted in the mouth.

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Also.... I believe there were quantity clauses in the TPP agreement. Basically if imports go over a certain amount then they will put the brakes on.

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Japanese beef is also rich in the good Omega 3 fats.

LOL! Yeah, right, what with all the corn they're fed on!

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Joeintokyo. That Aussie beef is still overpriced for what you get. And a lot of it is crap.

I'm Aussie, but I agreed with you. The Aussie Beef and Chicken have a smell and difference from the American Beef. The Aussie butchers do not know how to treat Beef after they slaughtered cow. Also, the Pork's smell was really bad and I cannot eat.

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Aussie beef here is of low quality unfortunately

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See there is Aussie Beef and Tasmanian Beef on display--are they two different countries?

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No.

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If Aussie beef is so crap then why are they the biggest importer!?

I don't know about the rest of the world but the Aussies managed to make a contract with Japan that allowed them to be one of the biggest exporters of beef to Japan. NZ would certainly be cheaper (weaker $$) and NZ meat possibly better as NZ has the strictest rules in the world. This is because the NZ economy relies on it, it isn't a 2nd or 3rd industry like most countries

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Some people are just looking at one part of the Japanese cow, there are many parts, for example fillet marbled or not. Sirloin marbled or not ???. Red meat and so on. What most people have is a fixed idea abt Japanese beef. Pls open yr minds and study more abt Japanese beef from Hokkaido ,Matsuzaka to Kyushu. Japanese beef is one of the very hard work that the Japanese have truly done. One cannot cheat to produce a prized Japanese cow.

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NZ Beef that I see in some stores is the most expensive.

AUS Beef is of variable quality.

I wonder what controls are in place to ensure that proper labelling is adhered to ? China is a great example of no controls. So what about in Japan ?

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