Minister rapped for comments on BSE testing

JAPAN - Farm minister Yoshinobu Shimamura has come under heavy fire from opposition and ruling party politicians for saying Japan's blanket testing of cattle for mad cow disease would be considered ``nonsense'' anywhere else. Shimamura was forced Thursday to effectively retract the remark, which he made during a meeting of the Lower House Budget Committee last week, but it has done little to quell the firestorm. Main opposition party Minshuto (Democratic Party of Japan) is calling on the minister to resign.

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