After lifting the embargo on whale meat exports in January, Norwegian fisheries minister Otto Gregussen this week expressed a willingness to establish a system by which whale meat can be exported to Japan. Gregussen met with Toshikatsu Matsuoka, the Japanese senior vice minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, on Monday to discuss the co-ordination of their inspection systems. The Norwegian minister revealed then that he would be happy for exports to begin; as long as a DNA registration system is established to prevent smuggling, and the safety of the food is confirmed.