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· Japanese police arrest two men over attempt to bring wagyu cattle sperm into China
· 2 men nabbed on suspicion of taking 'wagyu' Japanese beef cattle eggs to China
Japanese police arrest two men over attempt to bring wagyu cattle sperm into China
via The Japan News - Mar 9, 2019
OSAKA - Police arrested two men Saturday on suspicion of trying to illegally bring fertilized eggs and sperm of wagyu cattle into China last year.
The arrests in Osaka Prefecture came as the farm ministry is tightening control of wagyu reproductive material amid the rising popularity of the Japanese beef overseas.
As part of a wider investigation into the smuggling of wagyu reproductive material out of the country, the police said Yusuke Maeda, 51, a restaurant owner, and Toshiki Ogura, 64, who is unemployed, are suspected of violating the country’s law on infectious disease control.
Maeda and Ogura have admitted to the allegation of attempting to bring the cattle eggs and sperm into China in June 2018 without prior quarantine inspection, the police said...
2 men nabbed on suspicion of taking 'wagyu' Japanese beef cattle eggs to China
Tje Mainichi (Japan)
March 9, 2019
OSAKA -- Two men were arrested on March 9 on suspicion of transporting sperm and fertilized eggs of "wagyu" Japanese beef cattle to China, police here said.
Toshiki Ogura, 64, of Osaka Prefecture, and 51-year-old restaurant operator Yusuke Maeda stand accused of violating the Act on Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases Control.
It has been confirmed that the wagyu sperm and fertilized eggs were purchased from a stock farm in Tokushima Prefecture. According to sources close to the investigation, the Osaka Prefectural Police suspect that Ogura then transported the items to Shanghai in July 2018 aboard a ferry departing from an Osaka Prefecture port without going through the legally mandated export inspection.
Ogura returned home after Chinese authorities did not allow him to bring the eggs and semen into the country. He then notified the quarantine station in Japan, saying, "I was asked by an acquaintance (to transport the items). I didn't know it was illegal." Investigators believe it was Maeda who asked Ogura to carry the items to Shanghai.
It is illegal to export wagyu semen and fertilized eggs. Even for other livestock exports, the Act on Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases Control stipulates that the animals must undergo inspections. Violators could face up to three years in prison or a fine of up to 1 million yen. Detailed export conditions are determined by bilateral agreement.
A man in his 70s who runs the stock farm in Tokushima Prefecture sold the sperm and eggs in June last year, fulfilling an order he had received four months earlier from an individual he did not know. The stock farm operator told the Mainichi Shimbun...