According to a Japanese newspaper, The Mainichi, the country’s food safety commission is moving towards removal of import restrictions on U.S. beef. The restrictions were originally imposed as a measure against mad cow disease. Currently, Japan only allows U.S. beef from cattle aged 30 months or younger to be imported. A food safety commission research panel recommended lifting the age restrictions. Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry plans to discuss details with the U.S. before an official decision is made.