August 21, 2006 |
Japan has suspended imports of U.S. long-grain rice after a test found trace amounts of a genetically modified strain not approved for human consumption, a news report said Sunday. Japan's Health Ministry imposed the suspension Saturday after being informed by U.S. officials that trace amounts of the unapproved strain had been discovered in commercially available long-grain rice, the newspaper Asahi Shimbun said. The rice was detected by Bayer CropScience. The German company then notified U.S.
March 2, 1994 |
As Japan opened its long-protected rice market Tuesday to full-scale sales of foreign-domestic blends, consumers responded by sweeping shelves bare of domestic varieties. When trial sales of imported rice began last month, curious consumers and bargain hunters bought out supplies at some stores within hours, raising the hopes of those who want to see a smooth penetration of Japan's market by foreign varieties.
December 4, 2005 |
Chip Struckmeyer's rice farm is a model of 21st-century efficiency. With the help of his son and a manager, he farms 485 acres of sticky clay soil, hiring planes to fly in seed at planting time and using high-tech laser equipment to level his fields. Last year, thanks to favorable weather, Struckmeyer and other California rice growers produced a record crop of high-quality short- and medium-grain rice, much of which went to Japan.
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.
August 11, 2005 |
Researchers have deciphered the complete genetic code of rice, accelerating efforts to improve a staple that feeds half the world, an international consortium led by Japan announced Wednesday. Humanity has been growing rice for 10,000 years, but only now, after scientists have dissected the molecules of its creation, can farmers, who raised 880 billion pounds of rice last year, directly manipulate the blueprint of its growth and development.
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.
April 7, 2008 |
From Cairo to New Delhi to Shanghai, a run on rice is threatening to disrupt worldwide food supplies as much as the scarcity of confidence on Wall Street this year roiled credit markets. China, Egypt, Vietnam and India, representing more than a third of global rice exports, curbed sales this year, and Indonesia says it may do the same. Investigators in the Philippines, the world's biggest importer, raided warehouses last month to crack down on hoarding.
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.