Japan eased some restrictions on imported US Beef last year. There are legitimate concerns over how the US has handled beef at times, but I have never seen much reluctance among Japanese people to consume it. Restaurant menus frequently advertise US Beef or Aussie Beef (Japanese beef can frequently go for a premium). Outback might not be the best example, since it is a US chain, but this type of notice can be found on the menus of Japanese family restaurants also.
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