• Short Summary

    JAPAN WILL SWITCH TO A STANDARD METRIC SYSTEM OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ON APRIL 1, AND THERE'S A PROMISE OF PLENTY OF CONFUSION UNTIL EVERYONE FORGETS THE PRESENT OLD-FASHIONED SYSTEMS.

  • Description

    JAPAN WILL SWITCH TO A STANDARD METRIC SYSTEM OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ON APRIL 1, AND THERE'S A PROMISE OF PLENTY OF CONFUSION UNTIL EVERYONE FORGETS THE PRESENT OLD-FASHIONED SYSTEMS.

    THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT HAS ORDERED THE CHANGE TO THE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED METRIC SYSTEM. JAPANESE AT PRESENT USE A CONFUSING ASSORTMENT OF ANCIENT CHINESE DECIMALS, BRITISH AND METRIC MEASURING SYSTEMS. NOW GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WILL EXAMINE ALL INVOICES, RECEIPTS AND ADVERTISEMENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT NONE OF THE OLD POUNDS, YARDS OR METRES APPEARS AFTER APRIL 1.

    RAILWAY TRAVELLERS WILL BE THE ONLY ONES TO ESCAPE CONFUSION WHEN THE CHANGE COMES -- DISTANCES AND FARES ARE ALREADY CALCULATED IN THE INTERNATIONAL METRIC SYSTEM. BUT IN THE MANY TINY SHOPS THAT CROWD THE STREETS OF TOKYO IT'S ANOTHER STORY.

    THE TRADITION WAYS OF SELLING TEA ACCORDING TO THE OLD CHINESE DECIMAL SYSTEM WILL GO. AND IN BOTH TEA AND FOOD SHOPS, THE OLD BALANCES THAT MEASURED THE GOODS WILL BE REPLACED BY NEW, MODERN SCALES. TIMBER WILL ALSO HAVE TO BE SOLD IN METRES AND CUBIC CENTIMETRES, NOT IN THE QUAINT PRIVATE SYSTEM THAT TIMBER MERCHANTS HAD EVOLVED.

    AND THERE'S CHANGE IN STORE FOR JAPAN'S FAMOUS GEISHA GIRLS TOO -- THEY'LL HAVE TO BUY THE MATERIAL FOR THEIR KIMONOS IN SQUARE METRES INSTEAD OF YARDS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4OADU6P62CKYERH8D73K8QJP2
    Media URN:
    VLVA4OADU6P62CKYERH8D73K8QJP2
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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