September 13, 1990 |
South Korea will not budge from its refusal to open its market to foreign rice and will keep price controls on rice to protect its farmers, an agriculture ministry official said Wednesday. Kim Jong-yong, the ministry's director general for international cooperation, told reporters that Seoul was forced to ask for special concessions to keep its rice market closed. The current round of negotiations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade aims to liberalize global trade.
April 1, 1990 |
"Rice is the Japanese culture that has lasted for several thousand years. It is the Japanese people themselves," Tomio Yamamoto, Japan's new agriculture minister, declared as he took over his job. Rice, however, is no longer the culture it once was. Indeed, Japanese are eating less of it every year. Farmers themselves are cutting consumption even faster than city dwellers. Not even 15 years of campaigns to promote rice consumption have halted the decline.
February 11, 1992 |
Foreign Minister Michio Watanabe has urged Japan to begin negotiations on allowing rice imports, news reports said. Watanabe proposed that Japan place tariffs on the imports, however. Watanabe believes that the change in tactics will help stalled international trade talks reach a conclusion, Kyodo News Service and the Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) reported.
October 11, 1987 |
The worst flooding in Bangladesh in 40 years destroyed 3.4 million tons of rice worth $1.16 billion, Agriculture Minister Mohammed Mahbubuzzaman said Saturday. The floods killed more than 1,600 people by official count.
November 30, 2005 |
A World Trade Organization appeals panel ruled that Mexico had unfairly imposed anti-dumping tariffs on U.S. rice, rejecting Mexico's argument against a previous ruling. Mexico imposed the tariffs on U.S. white long-grain rice in 2002, claiming that it was being sold in Mexico at unfairly low prices, damaging Mexican producers. U.S. officials raised the issue before the WTO a year later.
December 14, 1993 |
Japan formally agreed early today to end a decades-old ban on imported rice, thereby bringing the world a major step closer to a sweeping accord on trade and giving a quick boost to California agriculture in the bargain. In what he called a "painful, heartbreaking decision," Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa told a pre-dawn news conference that Japan will accept a partial opening of its rice market to help bring a successful conclusion to world trade negotiations under way in Geneva.
September 17, 1988 |
Government officials vowed Friday that Japan will not open its market to foreign rice imports, and expressed outrage that Vice President George Bush would support a petition from American rice farmers seeking to sell in Japan. Japanese officials, stunned by Bush's comment, said the Republican presidential candidate has gone back on a promise made by Cabinet members not to raise the issue of rice liberalization between the two countries.
October 29, 1988 |
The Reagan Administration, in a decision that could hurt Vice President George Bush on the campaign trail, Friday rebuffed demands by American rice producers that it launch proceedings to retaliate against Japan for refusing to buy foreign-grown rice. At a briefing announcing the politically touchy move, U.S. Trade Representative Clayton K.
June 26, 1995 |
A South Korean freighter with 2,000 tons of rice left for North Korea on Sunday to begin shipments of emergency food aid to the Communist state, officials said. It is the first consignment of 150,000 tons of rice Seoul has promised to deliver to the North free of charge. In a ceremony at the port of Tonghae marking the departure of the cargo ship Sea Apex, Prime Minister Lee Hong Koo said he hoped the aid will help build trust between the two Koreas and lead to further cooperation.
July 4, 1995 |
South Korea said Monday that it will resume historic shipments of rice to North Korea after Pyongyang apologized for forcing a South Korean cargo ship to fly the Communist nation's flag while visiting the North. South Korean Deputy Unification Minister Song Young Dae told reporters that Cabinet ministers had met and decided to resume rice aid for the North soon.