A cabinet meeting earlier today gave the go-ahead for temporary curbs to be placed on Chinese agricultural imports for up to 200 days from the end of this month. Government officials from the Japanese farm ministry, finance ministry and ministry of economy, trade and industry decided that the emergency measures were necessary because of the vastly increased level of imports of stone leeks, shiitake mushrooms and rushes, used for tatami mats. Yoshio Yatsu, agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, had proposed the policy because of fears over the detrimental effects such imports would have on the domestic economy.