U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue prepares to barbecue U.S. beef in Tokyo Monday, May 13, 2019. Perdue barbecued American beef in Tokyo to highlight his message: Japan must treat the U.S. fairly as a top customer for Japanese products. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)

Perdue barbecues to sell Japanese on buying more US beef

May 13, 2019 - 3:48 am

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has picked up his barbeque tongs to convey his message to Japan: Buy more American beef.

Perdue said Monday that as a top consumer of U.S. beef, Japan should treat the U.S. fairly. He said he hoped President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will strike a trade deal during his boss's visit to Japan later this month.

Japan's limits on imports of meat and other farm products have been a recurring issue in years' long trade talks with the U.S.

The Trump administration worries that Japan will buy more from other nations that have signed trade deals with Japan in recent years, such as Australia and Europe.

Japan, a country of 126 million, is the fourth largest market for U.S. agricultural products.

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