US, JAPAN STILL AT ODDS
OVER FOREST PRODUCTSJapan and the United States Thursday ended two days of talks on their dispute over forest products trade with a better understanding of each other's positions but no closer to an accord, Japanese officials said.
"Our positions have not come closer at all," a Foreign Ministry official told reporters.
The United States is pressing Japan for changes in its building regulations and tariff structures to promote more imports of lumber and other forest products.
Washington has cited Tokyo for unfair trading practices in forest products under the so-called Super 301 clause of its 1988 trade bill and has threatened retaliation next year if Japan does not change its ways.
The two sides plan to hold another experts' meeting early next year.
SOVIETS HOPE TO SHOW
'GONE WITH THE WIND'
ATLANTA - The Soviet Union has asked for rights to rent Hollywood's most famous epic, the 1939 classic "Gone With The Wind," an executive of the company that owns the film says.
"We think there's a hundred million people in the Soviet Union who'd like to see 'Gone With the Wind,' " said Jack Petrik, an executive for Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting System Inc., which is sponsoring events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the film's premiere.
Mr. Petrik said in an interview that Soviet authorities had contacted the Turner organization seeking to arrange for release of the movie in Soviet cinemas.