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    Mayors from five of the world's largest cities have been attending a conference in Tokyo.

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    Mayors from five of the world's largest cities have been attending a conference in Tokyo.

    The leaders of London, Moscow, New York, Paris and Tokyo are using the three-day get-together to talk about such problems as housing shortages, garbage and sewage disposal, pollution, traffic congestion, commuter transport and facilities for the elderly.

    The host, Tokyo Governor Dr. Ryokichi Minobe, in his opening speech, warned that deteriorating cities were blighting the existence and destroying the health of tens of millions of people.

    The delegates listened first to three speeches, then toured a new housing development on Tokyo's outskirts.

    Notably absent from the conference of big cities was Peking..The city's chairman, Wu Teh, said a busy schedule prevented him from appearing, but most observers believed the presence of Moscow at the conference table was also a reason.

    SYNOPSIS: Leaders from five of the world's largest cities have been attending a conference in Tokyo's tallest building...the forty-seven storey Keio Plaza hotel.

    The delegates represent London, New York, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo. They'll discuss problems common to all...housing shortages, garbage and sewage disposal, air and water pollution, traffic congestion, commuter transport systems and facilities for the elderly.

    Moscow's Vladimir Promyslov outlined his city's future plans.

    Mayor Lindsay of New York voiced his city's major problem...automobiles...and from Paris...Raoul Moray said buses there travel slower than horse vehicles of seventy years ago.

    Opening the conference, the host, Tokyo Governor Dr. Ryokichi Minobe, warned that deteriorating cities were blighting the existence and destroying the health of tens of millions of people. He said technology in the past had aided urban progress, but has today become the cause of urban disruption. later the delegates visited a new Tokyo housing area while continuing their discussions. One of the main problems to emerge was the clash between central and local governments for the finance needed to improve city life.

    New York mayor, John Lindsay sharply attacked the U.S. system which he claimed had the major cities subservient and at the mercy of State Governments controlled by rural interests. He said this meant they were not sympathetic to the plight of cities.

    Sir Desmond Plummer, the leader of the Greater London Council, also criticised the outdated central government view that cities were the main source of money rather than being in desperate need of financial aid. The city leaders hope their discussions ??? lead to at least partial solutions to the common problems.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5L228ZKWHJXLC6MJ1RZ2FTGL2
    Media URN:
    VLVA5L228ZKWHJXLC6MJ1RZ2FTGL2
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/11/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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