• Short Summary

    NEARLY SIX MILLION LABOURERS CELEBRATED MAY DAY IN JAPAN IN A HOLIDAY MOOD, IN SHARP CONTRAST TO LAST YEAR WHEN CELEBRATIONS WERE FRAUGHT WITH TENSION CREATED BY THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE U.

  • Description

    NEARLY SIX MILLION LABOURERS CELEBRATED MAY DAY IN JAPAN IN A HOLIDAY MOOD, IN SHARP CONTRAST TO LAST YEAR WHEN CELEBRATIONS WERE FRAUGHT WITH TENSION CREATED BY THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE U.S. -JAPAN SECURITY PACT AND THE PROTRACTED MIIKE COAL MINE STRIKE.

    THEIR SLOGANS THIS YEAR DEMANDED HIGHER WAGES, SHORTER WORKING HOURS, ESTABLISHMENT OF A MINIMUM WAGE SYSTEM, RESTORATION OF JAPAN- COMMUNIST CHINA RELATIONS AND PEACE.

    DUE TO INCREASE IN LABOUR ORGANIZATIONS, PARTICIPANTS IN THIS YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS REACHED AN ALL-TIME RECORD. IN TOKYO NEARLY 350,000 PEOPLE AT MEIJI SHRINE OUTER GARDEN, AND IN OTHER PARTS OF TOKYO ANOTHER 1,500,000 LABOURERS, TOOK PART IN THE CELEBRATIONS. THE MEIJI GARDEN RALLY WAS ADDRESSED BY KAWAKAMI A LEADER OF THE JAPANESE COMMUNIST PARTY. THEY CARRIED A LOT OF PLACARDS INCLUDING THOSE OF RUSSIAN HUMAN SPACE BOAT AND A BIG PICTURE OF MAJOR GAGARIN AND THOSE WHICH CARRIED ANTI-AMERICAN SLOGANS, ESPECIALLY AGAINST AMERICAN INTERFERENCE IN CUBA. A DELEGATE FROM CUBA WAS ALSO PRESENT.

    MEANWHILE, ANOTHER MAY DAY CELEBRATION RALLY WAS HELD AT HIBIYA OUTER MUSICAL HALL BY THE RIGHT WING ASSOCIATION OF JAPAN AGAINST THE LEFTIST RALLY.

    THERE WERE ONLY A FEW HUNDRED PARTICIPANTS THROUGH MR. WATARU SHIMIZU, THE RIGHT WING LEADER IN JAPAN, PROCLAIMED THAT THOSE WHO ASSEMBLED AT MEIJI SHRINE OUTER GARDEN SHOULD NOT HAVE USED THE RED FLAGS OF RUSSIAN LABOURERS AND THAT THE JAPANESE SHOULD USE THEIR OWN FLAG OF "RISING SUN".

    THE RIGHT WING PEOPLE HAD HELMETS AND BIG STICKS.

    HOWEVER, 24,000 POLICEMEN WERE MOBILIZED AND THE MAY DAY WAS CELEBRATED PEACEFULLY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6UOEAPN69KYZVLQFVQ3IIKC29
    Media URN:
    VLVA6UOEAPN69KYZVLQFVQ3IIKC29
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/05/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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