Recently the FNN News reported the following:
Having noted the mass food poisoning incidents in the grilled meat chain stores, the Council for the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare would decide whether making raw food the controlled target, and to examine not only meat but also the raw liver.
As food poisoning cases were noted, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare was examining new hygiene standards for situations when the raw meat was supplied.
In the council, because of the successive food poisoning caused by the sliced raw cow liver, it would decide whether making raw diet the controlled subject, and to examine not only the meat but also the raw liver.
Moreover, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare would review cow meat in the direction where in future it would be obligatory to sell the meat only after its surface was heated and sterilized, assuming that the bacteria that attached to meat could not be completely removed even "Trimming" had been done.
The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare had the policy of making new hygiene standards that would come along with penalty regulations in October.
For public hygiene reasons, it is understandable that the Japanese Government would tighten control over the consumption of raw cow meat.