An article in The New York Times yesterday highlighted how Japan is set to ease a decade-old restriction on U.S. beef this week, finally allowing American ranchers and meatpackers to move past the mad cow scare and regain full access to what was once their most lucrative market.
A Japanese government council that oversees food and drug safety cleared a change in import regulations on Monday that would permit imports of meat from U.S. cattle aged 30 months or younger, rather than the current 20 months, according to materials distributed at the council’s meeting in Tokyo.
The change is set to take effect on Feb. 1 for U.S. beef processed after that date, and shipments could start arriving in Japan in mid-February, according to the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture. Bans remain on parts of cattle considered to carry a higher risk of transmitting the disease.
Another key dimension of freedom is the loosening of restrictions that prevent people from going outside the box. National borders usually create the box where business and government find their limits. Global marketers thrive on understanding how to successfully cross national borders, on coping with the differences once the crossing is done, and one profitably reconciling any conflicts.
Freedom also means not being forced to do something one does not want to do. There are economic migration pressures that force people to move from their rural homes into urban areas or from their emerging economies into more developed ones. The developed nations, in turn, speak about immigration pressures. For both sides, little if any freedom is involved here. Most individuals who do the moving would much rather stay home but cannot afford to do so because of economic realities. The recipient countries feel political and humanitarian pressure to welcome the migrants even if they do not want to. Global marketing may have been part of what triggered some of these migrations, but it also can be instrumental in stemming the tide. It can provide the economic opportunity for individuals at home so that they do not need to migrate. It can help individuals become productive contributors to the global economy, free from pressures to change locations.
This is an excerpt from Dr. Czinkota’s book Global Business: Positioning Ventures Ahead, co-authored by Dr. Ilkka Ronkainen.
Michael R Czinkota and Ilkka A Ronkainen, Global Business: Positioning Ventures Ahead (New York: Routledge, 2011), pg. 234.