Tokyo made the formal request a month and a half after authorities in Miyazaki, south of Japan, whose cattle herd is considered the best of the country, officially declared the end of the epidemics which started last April.
Tha same month Japan halted all beef exports, although later and following bilateral talks resumed shipments to Hong Kong and Macao. However exports to Singapore, Vietnam and the United States remain frozen.
If OIE gives a positive reply, Japan will be declared free of FMD next February 2011, according to the local news agency Kyodo.
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