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    Emperor Hirohito of Japan honoured his country's war dead in a solemn ceremony held in Tokyo's Budokan or Martial Arts Hall on Tuesday ( 15th August ).

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    Emperor Hirohito of Japan honoured his country's war dead in a solemn ceremony held in Tokyo's Budokan or Martial Arts Hall on Tuesday ( 15th August ).

    Exactly thirty three years before at Midday, 15th August 1945, Emperor Hirohito made his unprecedented broadcast, telling the disbelieving Japanese people that they should surrender and lay down their arms. The formal surrender was signed on September 2nd on board the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

    An estimated 6,000 invited government leaders and other guests were present to hear the Emperor apologise for the loss of lives on both sides. During the pacific War, each cable informing relatives of the death of a serviceman told them that the deceased had died in the service of the Emperor.

    At midday, one minute's silence was observed in the Hall. Prime Minister Fukuda also spoke, saying that Japan should adhere to its anti-war Constitution, and asking for prayers for the war dead.

    Immediately before the Budokan ceremony, Premier Fukuda paid his respects to the war dead at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, where locks of hair, mementoes and even fingernails of suicide pilots and other Japanese war dead are enshrined. A handful of demonstrators were on hand to protest Fukuda's visit, waving banners claiming that he was implicit supporting the pre-war state religion, Shinto, which control the Yasukuni shrine.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4YRTYSJ3MU1D52E96FVAVCFST
    Media URN:
    VLVA4YRTYSJ3MU1D52E96FVAVCFST
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/08/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:07:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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