DALLAS, TEXAS, USA/TOKYO, JAPAN
President Reagan, in a speech on January 11 at the American Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, announced new measures to increase United States agricultural exports.
DALLAS, TEXAS, USA/TOKYO, JAPAN
DALLAS, TEXAS, USA (VIA NBC (C)
1. LV & GV President Reagan addressing Farm Bureau audience (SOT) (3 shots) 0.07
2. CU Reagan speaking (SOT) 0.16
3. SV Audience as Reagan speaks (SOT) (4 shots) 0.27
4. SCU Reagan speaking (SOT) 0.52
TOKYO, JAPAN (TANAKA)
5. LV Farmers demonstration in Tokyo 0.55
6. SV Truck with "No Floods of Import Foods" written on side and effigies of Japanese women carrying shopping bags' 1.01
7. SV Truck with "No more foreign beef", and "no more foreign oranges" leading the march 1.14
8. CU American Embassy 1.17
9. GV Police en route of demonstration 1.21
10. GV Marches carrying banners and shouting slogans 1.51
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE ONE TO FOUR): REAGAN: "'Cos these are unusual and critical times on American farms we don't have to stand round chewing our cud. The crux of our programme would reduce production through further cutback in planting, decrease surplus stocks and avoid increased budge outlays that would otherwise be necessary under price support programmes. And this plan is aimed at bringing supply more in line with demand and strengthening farm income in future years. It makes our problem the solution."
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Background: DALLAS, TEXAS, USA/TOKYO, JAPAN
President Reagan, in a speech on January 11 at the American Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, announced new measures to increase United States agricultural exports. He criticised what he called unfair trade practices by the European Community, and announced a 250 million dollar expansion of a Credit programme to boost farm exports by one billion dollars this year. Under the new programme, American farmers would receive surplus government grain in return for government cutbacks. President Reagan also criticised Japan for erecting barriers to United States beef and citrus exports. He said he would raise the problem when he conferred with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone in Washington next week.
On the following day in Tokyo, thousands of Japanese farmers, chanting "No more American oranges and beef," marched past the heavily-guarded United States Embassy protesting against Washington's efforts to persuade Japan to import more American products. Leading the procession were trucks with slogans painted on the sides and effigies of Japanese women carrying shopping bags. An estimated 7,000 farmers took part in the demonstration which followed a rally in Central Tokyo Park. The protest was held five days before Prime Minister Nakasone leaves for talks with President Reagan in Washington. Japanese government sources have indicated that Mr. Nakasone, who has been in office for less than two months, would not accede to United States demands for Japan to buy more American beef and oranges. These, and 20 other products are at present subject to quotas and tariffs to protect Japanese agriculture. This is an important source of political support for Mr. Nakasone' Conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
Source: VIA NBC (C)/REUTERS - KIMIAKI TANAKA