• Short Summary

    MORE THAN 1,000 LOCAL FARMERS STAGED A DEMONSTRATION YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AT THE SITE OF THE PROPOSED NEW TOKYO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT NARITA.

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    MORE THAN 1,000 LOCAL FARMERS STAGED A DEMONSTRATION YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AT THE SITE OF THE PROPOSED NEW TOKYO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT NARITA. THE PROTEST COINCIDED WITH THE START OF A LARGE-SCALE LAND SURVEY AROUND THE AIRPORT SITE.

    THE FARMERS AND THEIR WIVES, BACKED BY SYMPATHETIC STUDENTS, WERE PROTESTING ABOUT ACQUISITION OF THEIR LAND BY THE GOVERNMENT TO BUILD THE NEW AIRPORT WHICH WILL, WHEN COMPLETE, RELIEVE CONGESTION AT HANEDA AIRPORT. BUT DESPITE THE NOISY, AND AT TIMES VIOLENT DEMONSTRATION, THE TEAM OF 183 SURVEYORS AND WORKMEN WENT ABOUT THEIR INITIAL SURVEY, UNDER HEAVY POLICE GUARD.

    WHEN PLANS WERE FIRST ANNOUNCED FOR THE NEW AIRPORT, MOST OF THE FARMERS WITH LAND IN THE AREA AGREED TO SELL AND LEAVE WITHOUT TROUBLE. BUT HARD-CORE DISSIDENTS AMONG THE FARMERS HAVE REFUSED TO SELL, AND IT WAS THESE WHO ORGANISED THE DEMONSTRATION.

    THEY HAVE ALSO STOPPED SENDING THEIR CHILDREN TO EIGHT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE AREA, AND 54 OF THE PROTESTING FARMERS HAVE FILED A COURT SUIT AGAINST JAPAN'S CONSTRUCTION MINISTER, MR. RYUTARO NEMOTO, CLAIMING VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF PROPERTY.

    THE FIRST STAGE OF THE NEW AIRPORT IS DUE FOR COMPLETION BY MARCH, 1971. THE PROTESTING FARMERS CLAIM THAT THE PRESENT AIR CONGESTION AT HANEDA IS ONLY DUE TO A TEMPORARY INCREASE IN USE BY U.S. MILITARY FORCES BASED IN JAPAN, AND THAT THERE IS NO NEED FOR ANOTHER TOKYO AIRPORT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6G3E6A40Z1MX1WRHFCPUQKB35
    Media URN:
    VLVA6G3E6A40Z1MX1WRHFCPUQKB35
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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