If Japan's ban on U.S. beef imports remains until the end of 2004, total losses to restaurants and retailers dealing in meat will amount to 273.2 billion yen (about $2.5 billion U.S.), the Kyodo News reports. The estimate is by the UFJ Institute, a comprehensive think tank of the UFJ Group. That projected loss is equivalent to more than 20% of the combined sales of 1.2 trillion yen at barbecue and “gyudon” beef-on-rice dish industries, the think tank said.