October 2, 2002 Financial Times (London) by Nobuko Juji and Bayan Rahman
Japanese cattle farmers yesterday filed two lawsuits over mad cow
disease to the new agriculture minister. About 95 farmers in Miyagi
prefecture and Hokkaido, the northern island where Asia's first case
of mad cow disease was discovered last year, will begin legal action
The farmers, who will seek compensation of about Y400m (Euros 3.3m), accuse the government of negligence, claiming that it had enough information from Europe's experience of the disease - bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) - to prevent it from developing in Japan. Their decision came one day after Tadamori Oshima was appointed agriculture minister in a cabinet reshuffle.