• Short Summary

    The Japanese Government has sent a special envoy - with the title of Ambassador on Special Mission - to Israel to convey Japan's apologies and shame "for that dastardly act committed by the three Japanese" who killed 27 and injured nearly 80 persons in the Lod Airport shooting on Tuesday (May 30).

  • Description

    The Japanese Government has sent a special envoy - with the title of Ambassador on Special Mission - to Israel to convey Japan's apologies and shame "for that dastardly act committed by the three Japanese" who killed 27 and injured nearly 80 persons in the Lod Airport shooting on Tuesday (May 30). Envoy Kenji Fukunaga arrived at Lod Airport itself yesterday (Friday) accompanied by the Head of the Middle East desk at the Japanese Foreign Office, Mr. Yamamoto, and by a group of government and police officials who are to investigate the involvement of Japanese nationals in the Arab guerrilla movements.

    The Japanese Government has already accepted "moral" responsibility for the attack and publicly apologised for the "heinous crime" which it fears will damage Japan's image abroad and destroy its traditional neutral stance in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The Cabinet was also meeting today (Saturday) to decided on a cash "sympathy" payment to the injured in the shooting - although a Government spokesman emphasised this was not to be regarded in any way as compensation.

    The Japanese delegation were met by Special Assistant from the Prime Minister's Office Shilo, the Israeli Chief of Protocol, the Japanese Ambassador to Israel, and the Japanese Ambassador to the Vatican.

    At the airport, Mr Fukunaga, a member of the Japanese Diet (Parliament), read a brief statement, referring to the "shock, sadness, gloom and shame (which) filled the hearts of all the members of the Diet, regardless of their political positions".

    SYNOPSIS: Tel Aviv's Lod Airport - the scene last Tuesday of the terrorist shooting in which twenty-seven people died and nearly eighty were injured. The three gunmen were Japanese, working with the Palestinian guerrillas - and, on Friday, a special delegation from the Japanese Government arrived here to convey their country's apologies. They were headed by Parliament Member Kenji Fukunaga, bearing the title Ambassador on Special Mission. With him, were the head of the Middle East desk of the Japanese Foreign Office, Mr. Yamamoto, and a group of government and police officials who are to investigate the extent of Japanese nationals involvement in the Arab guerrilla movement. In a brief statement, Mr. Fukunaga said: "The Diet, which corresponds to your Knesset, was in session - and stock, sadness, gloom and shame filled the hearts of all the members....I am here to convey the heartfelt apologies of the Government and people of Japan for that dastardly crime."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6VSKTPV962ZAP2A1GTF3LEJF4
    Media URN:
    VLVA6VSKTPV962ZAP2A1GTF3LEJF4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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