• Short Summary

    One of the effects of the fall in oil imports to Japan has been a shortage of detergents on sale in the country's shops.

  • Description

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    GV Pan Exterior warehouse
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    TV Interior MITI officials checking stacks of boxed detergents
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    3.
    SV & CU MITI officials walking around warehouse inspecting (5 shots)
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    SV Boxes of detergent
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    SV & CU Men and women shoppers demanding detergent (3 shots)
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    SV & C MITI officials seated around table with wholesalers (4 shots)
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    CU Detergent (2)
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    SV & LV Detergent loaded onto lorry for shipping to supermarkets (6 shots)
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    Initials SC/1559 SC/1636



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: One of the effects of the fall in oil imports to Japan has been a shortage of detergents on sale in the country's shops. Now, Japanese housewives and Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI) officials have accused detergent manufacturers and wholesalers of capitalising on the shortage by stockpiling supplies. Detergents are derived from crude oil.

    Recently MITI officials raided the warehouse of one leading wholesaler in Mitaka, a suburb of Tokyo, and found over two thousand cases of detergent. While angry shoppers besieged the warehouse. Ministry officials tried to get some explanation of the hoarding from the manufacturers.

    Detergents have all but disappeared from supermarket shelves; where they are on sale, they cost as much as three times their pre-November prices.

    The men from MITI left the warehouse unsatisfied, and late confronted the company's chief executives at their head office. They wanted to find out when the detergents would be delivered to the retailers.

    The episode, shown on television throughout Japan, underlines the present situation in Japan with shortages of many kinds of consumer goods and widespread price-rises. Japanese housewives have contributed to the panic by buying large quantities of household goods -- from toilet paper to rice.

    While the manufacturers blame the shortages on the energy crisis, others say the manufacturers are stockpiling goods until the full impact of the fuel shortage and world-wide scarcity of raw materials is felt -- at which time they will put the goods on the market at inflated prices.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA11I1H8CZW7MZ616VA76O6ACE7
    Media URN:
    VLVA11I1H8CZW7MZ616VA76O6ACE7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/01/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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