Reuters reports that, as early as next week, Japan's government will ask the Food Safety Commission (FSC) to approve resuming imports of U.S. beef verified by the U.S. government as being from cattle 20 months of age or younger. After receiving the request, FSC will review U.S. BSE safety measures to ensure they meet Japanese standards, a process that could take several months, the article says.

FSC is an independent body of experts that conducts risk assessments of food scientifically and make policy recommendations to relevant ministries. The move comes after a series of public meetings that ended this week.