• Short Summary

    THERE WAS UPROAR IN THE UPPER HOUSE OF THE DIET (JAPANESE PARLIAMENT) WHEN JAPAN'S RULING LIBERAL-DEMOCRATIC PARTY FORCED A BILL THROUGH BY WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HOPES TO BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE RIOTS WHICH HAVE CRIPPLED MORE THAN 100 UNIVERSITIES.

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    THERE WAS UPROAR IN THE UPPER HOUSE OF THE DIET (JAPANESE PARLIAMENT) WHEN JAPAN'S RULING LIBERAL-DEMOCRATIC PARTY FORCED A BILL THROUGH BY WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HOPES TO BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE RIOTS WHICH HAVE CRIPPLED MORE THAN 100 UNIVERSITIES.

    THE OBJECT OF THE LAW IS THAT THE PRESIDENT OF A UNIVERSITY IS GIVEN THE CENTRAL POWER AND RESPONSIBILITY IN SETTLING A DISPUTE. AFTER SIX MONTHS OF DISPUTE, HE WILL BE ABLE TO CLOSE THE UNIVERSITY TEMPORARILY. SHOULD IT CONTINUE FOR OVER 9 MONTHS THEN THE EDUCATION MINISTER CAN CLOSE THE UNIVERSITY, OR, IN AN EXTREME CASE, DISSOLVE THE INSTITUTION.

    THIS IS PART OF A GENERAL MOVE BY THE RIGHT WING LIBERAL - DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO CURB LEFT WING AGITATION, NOT ONLY IN THE UNIVERSITIES, BUT THE LEFT WING ATTEMPTS TO REDUCE JAPAN'S TIES WITH THE U.S.

    THE WORST CLASH TOOK PLACE LAST JANUARY WHEN HUNDREDS OF LEFTIST STUDENTS BARRICADED THEMSELVES IN PART OF TOKYO UNIVERSITY AND FOUGHT POLICE WITH ROCKS, FIRE AND ACID BOMBS BEFORE BEING DISLODGED BY 9,000 POLICE.

    ON MONDAY (4 AUGUST), WHEN THE BILL WAS RUSHED THROUGH THE UPPER HOUSE OF THE DIET, LEFT WING MEMBERS RUSHED FORWARD TO THE DECK OF PRESIDENT SHIGEMUNE AS HE READ OUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT.

    IN PROTEST, THE ACTING PRESIDENT OF THE STATE-RUN OSAKA UNIVERSITY HAS HANDED IN HIS RESIGNATION AND SEVERAL PROFESSORS IN KYOTO BEGAN A HUNGER STRIKE.

    WHILE STUDENTS PARADED IN THE STREETS WITH BANNERS OF PROTEST, PRIME MINISTER EISAKU SATO HELD A SERIES OF TALKS WITH THE LEADERS OF THE THREE MAIN OPPOSITION PARTIES; THE SOCIALISTS, THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS, AND THE BUDDHIST KOMEITO; WHO DEMANDED IMMEDIATE DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT AND A GENERAL ELECTION TO TEST PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE GOVERNMENT'S MOVE. NO AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AT THE MEETINGS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5D8PH4HIBDBVW9HSY21TQ3XGF
    Media URN:
    VLVA5D8PH4HIBDBVW9HSY21TQ3XGF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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