Japan has a little-known Chinese community and its 52,000 members are anxiously watching the progress of the current talks between Japan and The People's Republic of China.
SV Street scene Chinatown (2 shots)
SV Street decorations (4 shots)
SV People looking in shop windows
GV INT. Store
GV Portrait of Chairman Mao
SV INT. of TV shop (TV shows Peking)
GV EXT. Chinese Trade Office
SV Police vehicle & police outside (2 shots)
SV Chinese association building & children playing (3 shots)
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Background: Japan has a little-known Chinese community and its 52,000 members are anxiously watching the progress of the current talks between Japan and The People's Republic of China. At the moment, an estimated 70 per cent of the Chinese in Japan have supported Taiwan, but if Tokyo and Peking announce -- as is expected -- that they are establishing diplomatic relations, then many of the pro-Taiwan element are likely to switch their allegiance to Peking.
Many of the pro-Taiwanese are thought to be already secretly pro-Peking, but unable to admit it as they would not be able to return to Japan after foreign visits. Japan has refused re-entry visas to people supporting Peking since the communist government was formed in 1949. The Japanese Government is not saying what would happen to pro-Taiwanese who maintained their allegiance -- whether, for example, they would have to leave the country. The Chinese in Japan, who are the second largest foreign group, are mostly descendants of traders who emigrated a century ago. One of the biggest concentrations is in the port of Yokohama, where 3,500 Chinese live and there are even two Chinese schools -- one for pro-Taiwanese, one for pro-Pekinese.
SYNOPSIS: A typical Chinese street scene -- but this is in Japan. Few people realise that Japan has a Chinese population of more than fifty-two thousand. Three and a half thousand live here, in Yokohama.
Most of them are descended from Chinese merchants who emigrated to Japan a century ago.
They are still prosperous traders, but today there is a difference.
Some support Chairman Mao.
Others prefer the capitalist system -- about seventy per cent are said to be in favour of the Taiwan Government, though often they are secretly pro-Peking.
Until now they've kept their pro-Peking sympathies quiet, to avoid losing their right to re-enter Japan after trips abroad. But after this week things might be different. If the talks between Japan and the People's Republic of China bring about the expected diplomatic links, Japan will drop her recognition of Taiwan. So it could be the pro-Taiwan Chinese who suddenly find themselves in difficulties.