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Japan Seeks 63,000 Tons Foreign Rice in Tender Dec. 8

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Japan is seeking to import 63,000 metric tons of rice in a tender on Dec. 8, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Of the total, the government plans to buy 26,000 tons from the U.S. and 19,000 tons from Thailand, and the rest from any country, according to the ministry’s grain-trade division.

Japan, the largest corn importer, is self-sufficient in rice. The nation agreed to give minimum market access to rice-exporting countries at the Uruguay Round of world trade talks in 1993, buying 770,000 tons a year.

To contact the reporters responsible for this story: Aya Takada at atakada2@bloomberg.net Yasumasa Song in Tokyo at ysong9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Poole at jpoole4@bloomberg.net

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