International Trade Secretary Liz Truss is concluding an agreement but is said to want better access for exporters of the famously pungent British cheese.
The UK and Japan were close to finalising the deal last week but the talks are said to have been held up by her push to boost sales of stilton in the Far East.
Britain exported about £18million worth of blue cheese around the world last year.
But only £102,000 worth went to Japan, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.
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August 12, 2020