For the first time in the 2,000 year history of the Japanese Imperial family a film has been made for worldwide distribution of the Japanese monarch at home in his palace.
GV & CU Emperor Hirohito looking at books in laboratory.
CU books about U.S. Hydroyds.
SV Emperor looking through microscope.
GV & CU Empress Hirohito painting (4 shots).
GV security guards outside palace (2 shots).
GV demonstrators clashing with police (4 shots).
CU & GV Police on rooftop looking at airport for snipers.
GV Police running into positions to rehearse for motorcade (3 shots).
GV Motorcade passes camera.
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Background: For the first time in the 2,000 year history of the Japanese Imperial family a film has been made for worldwide distribution of the Japanese monarch at home in his palace.
It shows Emperor Hirohito indulging in his hobby, marino biology, in his laboratory at the palace and Empress Nagako relaxing at the traditional Japanese brush painting, Sumiye.
The break with tradition comes at a time when there is mounting antagonism towards the Emperor because of a visit he will make to the U.S. this week (starting 30 September). The opposition is coming from the country's left-wing supporters who see the Emperor's visit to America as a possible cementing of the U.S. - Japan Security Treaty which the left see as a way for America to involve Japan in a future war.
The Japanese police have initiated elaborate security precautions to ensure the Emperor's safety before and during his trip and along the route to Tokyo airport.
There've been numerous demonstrations against the visit and last month a group of demonstrators tried to break through the palace gates. Almost daily bombing of police boxes and Tokyo buildings are keeping the city in a nervous state and the Japanese police won't be able to really relax until the Emperor is safely in America.