Progress? Perhaps this is in response to public reactions. Perhaps ministers and bureaucrats are realizing that they are not able to manage people’s perceptions in the way they have been accustomed?

Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto has committed an about-face on policy by telling his ministry to refrain from vouching for the safety of Japanese food.

The ministry stance changed after radiation-tainted beef was found to have been sold to consumers nationwide, sources said.

via Stop claiming food is safe, ministry told | The Japan Times Online.