American Vice-President Spiro Agnew arrived to Tokyo on friday (12 May) on a four-day visit to represent.
American Vice-President Spiro Agnew arrived to Tokyo on friday (12 May) on a four-day visit to represent. President Nixon at ceremonies returning U.S.-held Okinawa to Japan. Prime Minister Sato and Foreign Minister Fukuda were both at the airport to greet the Vice-President as he stepped form his Air Force jet to a 19-gun salute.
In a prepared airport statement, Mr. Agnew said that it was striking that in the relations between two countries as dynamic and rapidly changing as the United States and Japan, a solid record of amicability had been maintained.
Riot police guarded the airport and the route into the city to counter any possible demonstrations by groups opposed to President Nixon's Vietnam policies. But there was no indication of any trouble.
Mr. Agnew was scheduled to be received in audience by Emperor Hirohito on Saturday (13 May) and have talks with Prime Minister Sato and the Foreign Minister.
The handover of Okinawa will take place on Monday (15 May), ending 27 years of American control over the island which was captured from Japan in 1945.
The Japanese Government is reportedly hoping the visit will provide an opportunity for the further promotion of American-Japanese friendship and understanding.
SYNOPSIS: An American Air Force jet brought Vice-President Spiro Agnew to Tokyo on Friday at the start of a four-day visit to Japan. He was greeted by Japanese Prime Minister Sato. The main purpose of Mr. Agnew's visit is to represent President Nixon at ceremonies returning the American-held island of Okinawa to Japan. Among the high-ranking Japanese officials present was Foreign Minister Fukuda.
The Vice-President inspected the honour guard drawn up for the occasion. In a guard drawn up for the occasion. In a prepared airport statement, Mr. Agnew was to say that it was striking that in relations between two countries as dynamic and rapidly-changing as the United States and Japan, a solid record of amicability had been maintained. Mr. Agnew was scheduled to have an audience with Emperor Hirohito on Saturday Sato and the Foreign Minister as well.
Although riot police stood by, there were no incidents. The Okinawa handover takes place on Monday, ending American control there.