Resuming the stalled meat flow could boost meat supply in Japan, which might diminish demand for imported pork and beef. Miyazaki is the nation’s second-largest pig producer and third-largest for beef cattle.
For the year ending March 31, Japan imported 475,000 tons of beef, which is up 1.2% from a year earlier. While Australia was the biggest supplier with 355,488 tons, the U.S. was the second-largest with 73,823 tons. Last fiscal year Japan imported 692,000 tons of pork, which is down 15% from a year earlier. The U.S. represented 40% of the total supply, while Canada was the second-largest exporter with 25%.