So Japan’s business-first politicians have slowly caved in to U.S. demands that cows under 10 months be excluded from testing. Why? Because the U.S. puts priority on business first too. When Japan tries to protect itself from Mad Cow, the U.S. cries “unfair trade practices”. And while the U.S. for a while banned Canadian cattle–to protect its own industry no doubt more than any concerns about the health and safety of consumers, it is now about to reverse that decision, again probably due to business pressures from its Northern neighbor.