Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - November 30, 1990, Tokyo, JapanFRIDAY,
NOVEMBER 30, 1990 Pacific PACIFICSTARS AND STRIPES 9
Stripes Okinawa Bureau
CAMP FOSTER — Military planners were takinga wait-and-see attitude Thursday after postponing
an exercise five hours after it began.The Marines announced Wednesday afternoon
that Exercise Beach Crest '91, which began thatmorning, was on hold because of the approach of
Planes were taking off and Marines wereevacuating noncombatants" on outlying le Shima
as Beach Crest started early Wednesday.But weather forecasts said Page might pass
within 28 miles of Okinawa Friday and planners
waved the exercise off.
"Concerns for the safety of men and equipment
caused the decision," said Capt. Dave Simon,
deputy public affairs officer at Camp Foster.
No decision on when the exercise would be
resumed had been made by Thursday morning.
Page, taking a more easterly path, was not
expected to threaten Okinawa as it had Wednesday.
Orders to move troops already deployed toNorthern and Central Training areas on Okinawa
and the Marine Auxiliary Airfield on le Shima
back to their home bases were passed Wednesday
afternoon, said Sgt. Angela McDaniel, a publicaffairs office spokesman.
More than 2,400 Marines, sailors and airmen
were scheduled to participate in the eight-day
exercise on le Shima, five miles off the west coast
of Okinawa. The maneuver was mostly an air
combat exercise and the threat of high winds madeflying unsafe, Simon said.
Exercise plans had called for 30 to 50 flights a
day and included aircraft from Marine Corps Air
Station Futenma and Kadena Air Base on Okinawa
and MCAS Iwakuni on mainland Japan.
The monkey monk
A monkey, playing the part of a Buddhist monk, performs for tourists in a
Buddhist temple in Lopburi, Thailand. The affair was staged to attract
tourists to the historic town in the northern part of Bangkok. (AP)
Profit sharing with MWR
causes liquor prices to vary
Fuji escapes major cyclone damage
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Tropical cy-
clone Sina moved away from Fiji's
main island, Viti Levu, Wednesday.
The storm, the first cyclone to hit
Fiji in four years, did less damage
than expected. No serious casualties
Although large areas were hit byheavy rains, high seas and strong
winds, the most destructive part ofthe storm remained well out to sea.
Nadi airport, Fiji's main interna-tional gateway, was closed for 20
hours, stranding hundreds oftravelers.
Stripes Korea Bureau
Why does the bottle of scotch sold
in an Army and Air Force Exchange
Service Class Six store in South
Korea cost more than the same bottle
of the same scotch at a Class Six storein Japan?
The agreement signed among the
Army, the Air Force and the ex-
change service, which permitted
AAFES to take over Class Six opera-
tions in March, 1989, is the culprit.
On-base package liquor sales were
operated by morale, welfare and
recreation funds at each base until
this past year, and prices varied
widely from country to country —
and often from base to base within
the same country — an AAFES-
Pacific spokesman in Hawaii said.
"PRICES WERE basically set by
local command," said Army Capt.Paul Pierett.
The agreement that transferred
liquor sales to the exchange service
requires AAFES to "pay the installa-
tion a guaranteed amount equivalent
to what MWR earned when they
operated the facilities," Pierett said.
Prices are based on meeting thoseguarantees to MWR, he said.
If earnings from AAFES liquor
sales exceed the guaranteed amount,
the base where the Class Six store is
located makes extra money. Pierett
also said sales of beer and wine in
shoppettes, exchanges and other
non-Class Six AAFES facilities are
included in the earnings computa-tions.
He said AAFES is attempting tostandardize liquor prices in the same
way that it does general merchandise.
That price standardization program
has resulted in some price reduc-tions, he added.
"For example, average prices ondistilled spirits in Korea have been
lowered by about 6 percent since
AAFES assumed management of theClass Six stores," he said.
An informal survey by Pacific
Stars and Stripes showed the Class
Six prices in South Korea are thehighest in the Pacific.
Liquor — especially Johnny Walker
Black and Chivas Regal scotch —
always has been a prime seller on the
South Korean black market. A liter
of Johnny Walker at the Yongsan
Class Six store in Seoul sells for
$24.45, and a similar-sized bottle ofChivas goes for $21.50.
A FIFTH OF either brand goes for
about $100 on the legitimate SouthKorean market.
The ration control program run by
the U.S. military, in an attempt to
prevent merchandise sold on base
from getting into the South Korean
black market, appears, however, to
be at odds with any effort to lower
liquor prices substantially. A tighten-
ing of the ration control system has
resulted in a significant loss in ClassSix sales.
Until July, the number of bottles of
liquor Class Six patrons could buy
each month was rationed, but the
cost of liquor was not applied to the
monthly dollar-spending limit. The
dollar-spending limit was reduced inJuly, but officials began applying
liquor purchases to the lower dollarlimit.
Shortly after ration control regula-tions were tightened, sales began
dropping off at Class Six stores inSouth Korea.
An AAFES-Korea spokesman saidTuesday that liquor sales so far in
November were 34 percent less thanin November, 1989.
any single toy
is considered a
USFK lifts ration control dollar limits
Stripes Korea Bureau
Ration control dollar-limits have been lifted on
a number of Christmas decoration and gift items
sold in Army and Air Force Exchange Service-
Korea stores and holiday merchandise in military
An AAFES-Korea spokesman said dollar-limits
will not apply to the following items through
• Live and artificial Christmas trees.
• Lights, wreaths, tinsel, ornaments and other
tree 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 that
which costs $50 or more still
controlled item, however.
A U.S. Forces Korea spokesman said all
holiday merchandise sold in commissaries will be
exempt from ration control regulations throughDec. 24.
USFK ration controls and dollar spendinglimits are measures used in an attempt to prevent
items sold in U.S. exchanges and commissariesfrom reaching South Korea's black market.
19 AIDS cases reported in ROK
Stripes Korea Bureau
The South Korean Health and Social AffairsMinistry said Tuesday that 19 new cases of the
AIDS virus have been diagnosed in the countrythis year, bringing to 116 the number of virus or
AIDS sufferers discovered in the country since1985.
The new virus carriers were found among517,398 persons tested in the first 10 months of
the year, according to a ministry report preparedfor the National Assembly.
South Korean law requires merchant seamen
who visit ports abroad and anyone working in the
entertainment industry to have periodic AIDSvirus tests.
The report said 10 South Koreans have died ofAIDS in the past five years and one AIDS virus
carrier 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 digits
Stripes Okinawa Bureau
CAMP FOSTER — Commercial telephone
dialing procedures for areas in the southern half
of Okinawa and some adjacent islands willchange Dec. 9, phone officials said.
National Telephone and Telegraph officials
announced that callers will need to dial only the
last seven digits of telephone numbers in the new
dialing areas. Callers are now required to dial thefull 10-digit number.
NTT is dropping the three-digit city codes for
areas south of Onna and Ginoza. Also affected
are Kumejima Island, Aguni Island, Kerama andTonaki.
To dial commercial numbers in northern areas,callers will still be required to dial the 10-digit
number. This includes commercial numbers at
Camp Schwab, the Northern Training Area andle Shima.
The change will not affect military phonenumbers.