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.
November 25, 1988 |
Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita has rejected an appeal from President Reagan to announce a plan in early December to open Japan's rice market to imports, Chief Cabinet Secretary Keizo Obuchi revealed Thursday. Obuchi's comment came after Yasuo Goto, vice minister of agriculture, disclosed that Reagan had sent a personal letter to Takeshita on the ultra-sensitive issue Nov. 18. It was the first time an American president had directly urged Japan to open its rice market.
July 7, 1990 |
The Japanese Cabinet decided Friday to cut by 1.5% the price the government will pay farmers for the 1990 rice crop, Agriculture Minister Tomio Yamamoto said. Japan faces mounting international criticism for its refusal to end a ban on commercial imports of rice, which it has said is needed to protect farmers from cheap imports and to ensure self-sufficiency in Japan's staple food. The reduction, to an average of 83 cents a pound, was recommended by a ministry panel on Wednesday.
June 24, 1995 |
South Korean President Kim Young Sam said Friday that a historic deal for South Korea to provide emergency shipments of rice to the impoverished North could bring about a "turning point" in reconciling the estranged Koreas. As the first of 150,000 tons of South Korean rice was loaded aboard ship, Kim predicted that the pact would lead to a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il once the Communist leader officially assumes the presidency as expected later this year.
March 8, 2000 |
The Japanese government said Tuesday that it will give hunger-stricken North Korea 100,000 tons of rice and will reopen talks on normalizing relations. Tokyo is restarting talks with the Communist regime in North Korea because diplomatic ties are essential for stability across the region, Chief Cabinet Secretary Mikio Aoki said. Officials will hold the first round of talks in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, the second in Tokyo, and the third in Beijing or another country, Aoki said.
February 27, 1991 |
Let me start by throwing out two numbers. The first is the total amount of water scheduled to be shipped--as of last week--to all of Southern California by the State Water Project for 1991. That figure: 900,000 acre-feet. On Monday, that number was revised to zero. The governor made the announcement, citing a downward spiral in the drought.
August 23, 1993 |
Unseasonably cold, wet weather is expected to damage Japan's 1993 rice crop and could force the government to slaughter a sacred cow--its ban on foreign rice imports. That could mean at least temporary gains for California rice growers. The Agriculture Ministry has forecast that the 1993 rice harvest would fall to 9.6 million metric tons from an average annual yield of 10.3 million tons, a Japanese newspaper reported.
March 18, 1991 |
Japan's Agriculture Ministry forced the U.S.A. Rice Council to remove rice samples on the final day of a food show Saturday, exhibition officials said. They said the ministry told U.S. trade officials that displaying foreign rice in a business-oriented trade fair was a clear violation of Japan's Food Control Law.
September 2, 1987 |
When many Japanese tourists make their way home from United States these days, tucked into their suitcases among their purchases of Gucci purses, Chanel cosmetics and UCLA T-shirts are two-pound bags of rice. That's right, rice--the California-grown variety. The tourists are, in effect, becoming accomplices of California farmers, who have found a legal way around Japan's ban on imports of foreign rice.