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.
June 16, 2007 |
Japanese researchers have developed a genetically engineered rice that protects against cholera, offering the hope of an inexpensive, easily stored vaccine that could make a major impact against diseases in Third World countries. The research, carried out by Hiroshi Kiyono and colleagues at the University of Tokyo, was published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The rice was engineered to produce a portion of the cholera toxin protein in the grains.
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.
December 1, 1993 |
Bundled up against the cold winter air, a group of Japanese legislators launched a 48-hour hunger strike Tuesday to protest what appears to be the impending opening of this nation's sacrosanct rice market. Cutting ghostly silhouettes in front of the deserted Parliament building, the Liberal Democratic Party members appealed to the world to understand the importance of rice to their farmers and Japan's ability to feed itself.
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.
September 23, 1989 |
Saddled with debt from an aggressive acquisition drive, Erly Industries Inc., the Los Angeles-based conglomerate that owns Comet Rice, will sell its less profitable divisions and concentrate on its core businesses of juice and rice, company officials said. Erly's problems began in 1988. A year earlier, the company loaned $24 million to struggling Hansen Foods to help the natural soft-drink maker restructure its business. In return, Erly was to receive 50% of Hansen's profits.