• Short Summary

    ON FEBRUARY 6 - SECOND DAY OF HIS FIVE-DAY VISIT TO JAPAN - THE GOOD WILL MISSION OF UNITED STATES ATTORNEY-GENERAL ROBERT KENNEDY RAN INTO TROUBLE WHEN UPROAR BROKE OUT AT A STUDENT MEETING HE ADDRESSED AT TOKYO'S WASEDA UNIVERSITY.

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    ON FEBRUARY 6 - SECOND DAY OF HIS FIVE-DAY VISIT TO JAPAN - THE GOOD WILL MISSION OF UNITED STATES ATTORNEY-GENERAL ROBERT KENNEDY RAN INTO TROUBLE WHEN UPROAR BROKE OUT AT A STUDENT MEETING HE ADDRESSED AT TOKYO'S WASEDA UNIVERSITY.

    AFTER BEING GREETED WITH FRIENDLY SHOUTS BY CROWDS OF STUDENTS WELCOMING HIM OUTSIDE THE BUILDING, HE MET WITH PERSISTENT HECKLING FROM A SMALL PART OF THE AUDIENCE IN THE HALL.THERE WERE CHORUSES OF "KENNEDY, GO HOME" AND OTHER SLOGANS, FOR A TIME COMPLETELY DISRUPTING HIS SPEECH.AT ONE POINT SOME OF THE YOUNG MEN - BELIEVED TO BE MEMBERS OF THE MILITANT LEFT-WING STUDENT ORGANISATION ZENGAKUREN - TORE UP SEVERAL ROWS OF WOODEN CHAIRS AND PILED THEM HIGH TO STAND ON THEM.

    WHEN MR.KENNEDY, UNFRUFFLED BY THE INTERRUPTIONS, FINISHED SPEAKING AND WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN A DISCUSSION, THE HECKLERS DEMANDED A REPLY TO AN OPEN LETTER OF THE PREVIOUS DAY, WHILE OTHERS SHOUTED THEM DOWN.PANDEMONIUM BROKE OUT AS SOMEONE CUT THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY, AND MR.KENNEDY AND HIS PARTY EVENTUALLY LEFT BY THE BACK DOOR TO THE MINGLED STRAINS OF THE WASEDA UNIVERSITY SONG AND THE "INTERNATIONALE".SAID ROBERT KENNEDY IN A TELEVISION INTERVIEW TWENTY MINUTES LATER: "YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THE SAME THE WORLD OVER".

    EARLIER THE SAME DAY, SOME 10,000 STUDENTS CHEERED THE AMERICAN ATTORNEY-GENERAL AS HE APPEARED IN ACADEMIC ROBES AND PURPLE HOOD AT TOKYO'S NIHON UNIVERSITY TO ACCEPT AN HONORARY DOCTOR OF LAWS DEGREE.MR.KENNEDY REMINDED THE STUDENTS THAT HIS VISIT HAD WON THEM A DAY FREE OF LECTURES AND SUGGESTED THEY REMEMBER THAT WHENEVER THEY HEARD PLEASANT THINGS ABOUT THE KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION.

    THEN MR.KENNEDY SPOKE OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S SENSE OF YOUTHFULNESS AND ADVENTURE, AND OF THE DETERMINATION OF THE UNITED STATES TO DEFEND ITS LIFE BY AFFIRMATION, BY ARGUMENT AND "HEAVEN FORBID THAT IT BECOME NECESSARY - BY ARMS".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3DSJBFYN3XFJEMND5QYSPV21M
    Media URN:
    VLVA3DSJBFYN3XFJEMND5QYSPV21M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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