Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - November 30, 1990, Tokyo, Japan FRIDAY,NOVEMBER 30, 1990 Pacific PACIFICSTARS AND STRIPES 9postpoStripes Okinawa BureauCAMP FOSTER — Military planners were takinga wait-and-see attitude Thursday after postponingan exercise five hours after it began.The Marines announced Wednesday afternoonthat Exercise Beach Crest '91, which began thatmorning, was on hold because of the approach ofTyphoon Page.Planes were taking off and Marines wereevacuating noncombatants" on outlying le Shimaas Beach Crest started early Wednesday.But weather forecasts said Page might passwithin 28 miles of Okinawa Friday and plannerswaved the exercise off."Concerns for the safety of men and equipmentcaused the decision," said Capt. Dave Simon,deputy public affairs officer at Camp Foster.No decision on when the exercise would beresumed had been made by Thursday morning.Page, taking a more easterly path, was notexpected to threaten Okinawa as it had Wednesday.Orders to move troops already deployed toNorthern and Central Training areas on Okinawaand the Marine Auxiliary Airfield on le Shimaback to their home bases were passed Wednesdayafternoon, said Sgt. Angela McDaniel, a publicaffairs office spokesman.More than 2,400 Marines, sailors and airmenwere scheduled to participate in the eight-dayexercise on le Shima, five miles off the west coastof Okinawa. The maneuver was mostly an aircombat exercise and the threat of high winds madeflying unsafe, Simon said.Exercise plans had called for 30 to 50 flights aday and included aircraft from Marine Corps AirStation Futenma and Kadena Air Base on Okinawaand MCAS Iwakuni on mainland Japan.The monkey monkA monkey, playing the part of a Buddhist monk, performs for tourists in aBuddhist temple in Lopburi, Thailand. The affair was staged to attracttourists to the historic town in the northern part of Bangkok. (AP)Profit sharing with MWRcauses liquor prices to varyFuji escapes major cyclone damageSUVA, Fiji (AP) — Tropical cy-clone Sina moved away from Fiji'smain island, Viti Levu, Wednesday.The storm, the first cyclone to hitFiji in four years, did less damagethan expected. No serious casualtieswere reported.Although large areas were hit byheavy rains, high seas and strongwinds, the most destructive part ofthe storm remained well out to sea.Nadi airport, Fiji's main interna-tional gateway, was closed for 20hours, stranding hundreds oftravelers.Stripes Korea BureauWhy does the bottle of scotch soldin an Army and Air Force ExchangeService Class Six store in SouthKorea cost more than the same bottleof the same scotch at a Class Six storein Japan?The agreement signed among theArmy, the Air Force and the ex-change service, which permittedAAFES to take over Class Six opera-tions in March, 1989, is the culprit.On-base package liquor sales wereoperated by morale, welfare andrecreation funds at each base untilthis past year, and prices variedwidely from country to country —and often from base to base withinthe same country — an AAFES-Pacific spokesman in Hawaii said."PRICES WERE basically set bylocal command," said Army Capt.Paul Pierett.The agreement that transferredliquor sales to the exchange servicerequires AAFES to "pay the installa-tion a guaranteed amount equivalentto what MWR earned when theyoperated the facilities," Pierett said.Prices are based on meeting thoseguarantees to MWR, he said.If earnings from AAFES liquorsales exceed the guaranteed amount,the base where the Class Six store islocated makes extra money. Pierettalso said sales of beer and wine inshoppettes, exchanges and othernon-Class Six AAFES facilities areincluded in the earnings computa-tions.He said AAFES is attempting tostandardize liquor prices in the sameway that it does general merchandise.That price standardization programhas resulted in some price reduc-tions, he added."For example, average prices ondistilled spirits in Korea have beenlowered by about 6 percent sinceAAFES assumed management of theClass Six stores," he said.An informal survey by PacificStars and Stripes showed the ClassSix prices in South Korea are thehighest in the Pacific.Liquor — especially Johnny WalkerBlack and Chivas Regal scotch —always has been a prime seller on theSouth Korean black market. A literof Johnny Walker at the YongsanClass Six store in Seoul sells for$24.45, and a similar-sized bottle ofChivas goes for $21.50.A FIFTH OF either brand goes forabout $100 on the legitimate SouthKorean market.The ration control program run bythe U.S. military, in an attempt toprevent merchandise sold on basefrom getting into the South Koreanblack market, appears, however, tobe at odds with any effort to lowerliquor prices substantially. A tighten-ing of the ration control system hasresulted in a significant loss in ClassSix sales.Until July, the number of bottles ofliquor Class Six patrons could buyeach month was rationed, but thecost of liquor was not applied to themonthly dollar-spending limit. Thedollar-spending limit was reduced inJuly, but officials began applyingliquor purchases to the lower dollarlimit.Shortly after ration control regula-tions were tightened, sales begandropping off at Class Six stores inSouth Korea.An AAFES-Korea spokesman saidTuesday that liquor sales so far inNovember were 34 percent less thanin November, 1989.any single toyis considered aUSFK lifts ration control dollar limitsStripes Korea BureauRation control dollar-limits have been lifted ona number of Christmas decoration and gift itemssold in Army and Air Force Exchange Service-Korea stores and holiday merchandise in militarycommissaries.An AAFES-Korea spokesman said dollar-limitswill not apply to the following items throughDec. 31:• Live and artificial Christmas trees.• Lights, wreaths, tinsel, ornaments and othertree and home decorations.• Scented and ornamental Christmas candles.• Christmas table linens.• Paper or plastic holiday plates, cups, napkins,favors and other party goods.• Christmas wrap, trim and cards.• Holiday food gift packages.• Christmas fragrance and cosmetics gift sets.• Christmas candy and nuts.• Toy sales totaling more than $50.The spokesman added thatwhich costs $50 or more stillcontrolled item, however.A U.S. Forces Korea spokesman said allholiday merchandise sold in commissaries will beexempt from ration control regulations throughDec. 24.USFK ration controls and dollar spendinglimits are measures used in an attempt to preventitems sold in U.S. exchanges and commissariesfrom reaching South Korea's black market.19 AIDS cases reported in ROKStripes Korea BureauThe South Korean Health and Social AffairsMinistry said Tuesday that 19 new cases of theAIDS virus have been diagnosed in the countrythis year, bringing to 116 the number of virus orAIDS sufferers discovered in the country since1985.The new virus carriers were found among517,398 persons tested in the first 10 months ofthe year, according to a ministry report preparedfor the National Assembly.South Korean law requires merchant seamenwho visit ports abroad and anyone working in theentertainment industry to have periodic AIDSvirus tests.The report said 10 South Koreans have died ofAIDS in the past five years and one AIDS viruscarrier left the country to reside abroad.A recent World Health Organization reportsaid 298,914 persons in 137 countries have AIDS.NTT to change Oki phone digitsStripes Okinawa BureauCAMP FOSTER — Commercial telephonedialing procedures for areas in the southern halfof Okinawa and some adjacent islands willchange Dec. 9, phone officials said.National Telephone and Telegraph officialsannounced that callers will need to dial only thelast seven digits of telephone numbers in the newdialing areas. Callers are now required to dial thefull 10-digit number.NTT is dropping the three-digit city codes forareas south of Onna and Ginoza. Also affectedare Kumejima Island, Aguni Island, Kerama andTonaki.To dial commercial numbers in northern areas,callers will still be required to dial the 10-digitnumber. This includes commercial numbers atCamp Schwab, the Northern Training Area andle Shima.The change will not affect military phonenumbers.