Cattle Farmer Arrested In Wagyu Egg Smuggling Case

Cattle farmer arrested in wagyu egg smuggling case

Police have arrested a cattle farmer in Tokushima Prefecture, western Japan, in connection with the attempted smuggling of premium wagyu beef cattle eggs to China.

Earlier this month, police arrested Yusuke Maeda, a restaurant owner in Osaka, for trying to take about 360 straw-like containers with fertilized eggs and sperm of wagyu beef cattle to China last June, without going through quarantine inspections.

Rancher In China May Have Asked For Wagyu Eggs

Rancher in China may have asked for wagyu eggs

Investigative sources say an official of a company operating a ranch in China is suspected of asking a Japanese man to export fertilized eggs of premium wagyu beef cattle.

Japanese police arrested Osaka-based restaurant owner Yusuke Maeda and his acquaintance Toshiki Ogura earlier this month.

Wagyu Fertilized Eggs Possibly Taken To China

Wagyu fertilized eggs possibly taken to China

Japanese police suspect that fertilized eggs of premium wagyu beef cattle may have been taken to China on multiple occasions and used for breeding.

They arrested Osaka-based restaurant owner Yusuke Maeda and his acquaintance Toshiki Ogura on Saturday.

2 Men Arrested For Illegally Exporting Wagyu Eggs

2 men arrested for illegally exporting wagyu eggs

Police in Osaka, western Japan, have arrested two people on suspicion of illegally taking fertilized eggs of premium wagyu beef cattle to China.

Police say last July, Toshiki Ogura attempted to take hundreds of straw-like containers of frozen eggs and sperm to Shanghai by ferry. He was unable to get through customs there. Officials confiscated the items on his return to Japan.

Ministry To Survey Wagyu Egg Management

Ministry to survey wagyu egg management

Japan's agriculture ministry will conduct a survey to check whether the fertilized eggs of premium wagyu beef cattle are properly managed in the country. It will be the first such survey aimed at preventing them from being illegally taken to other countries.

The export of eggs and sperm of the cattle is prohibited under the domestic animal infectious diseases control act. But there have been concerns over them being exported illegally.

'mingei'-style Miso-flavored Curry With Wagyu Beef

'Mingei'-style miso-flavored curry with wagyu beef

Although he was a fast runner, Ichiro Abe failed in his quest to make the Olympic track and field team, and he later ran into business-related debt problems.

But now, for 20 years, he has run Takumi Kappo, a regional-cuisine restaurant that was opened as part of the "mingei" (folk craft) movement in Tottori.