Total cattle slaughter increased in 2018 as calf prices stabilized, permitting beef producers to reduce onfarm cow retention, which had expanded in recent years. As this trend continues, FAS/Tokyo raises its projection for Japanese beef production in 2019. Lower domestic and imported beef prices fueled growth in consumption and trade, which is projected to continue in 2019. Growth in pork supply was limited, with domestic production and imports increasing only slightly in 2018. Japan continues efforts to stamp out an outbreak of classical swine fever which was detected in September 2018 and affected five prefectures.