Japan confirmed its eighth case of BSE on Monday, 6 October 2003. The animal, a Holstein bull aged 23 months was born in the Tochigi Prefecture in October 2001 before being raised in the Fukushima Prefecture from May 2002. The animal was slaughtered in the Ibaraki Prefecture.

The case differs from previous cases of BSE, being a male animal and being much younger than the previous cases.

Japan confirmed its first case of BSE in September 2001.