• Short Summary

    For the past six months millions of Japanese have been trudging through the grounds of EXPO '70 getting among other things, a glimpse of the world of the future, seemingly unrealistic dreams for the world of Japan today.

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    For the past six months millions of Japanese have been trudging through the grounds of EXPO '70 getting among other things, a glimpse of the world of the future, seemingly unrealistic dreams for the world of Japan today.

    For the future exhibitors at Expo have promised everything people may desire...Plentiful space, pure air and clean water, restful surroundings and smooth and quiet transportation. But on returning home the fairgoer is quickly reminded that life in Japan today is a wrenching contrast to the future promises.

    In cities like Tokyomammoth chimneys belch out clouds of poisonous fumes that settle over the inhabitants producing watery eyes, sore throats and as yet undetermined damage to human lungs.

    In some parts of Tokyo the combination of smoke and automobile exhausts limits the time traffic policemen can stay on the street. Every few minutes they must stop to breathe pure oxygen from equipment in nearby pollution shelters.

    At Expo the models show futuristic transportation as swift and smooth and although Japan's trains are among the best in the world today, getting a ticket can take hours of waiting. The futuristic models do not show the realities of travel, the overcrowding, and the long queues.

    Clean water in plentiful quantities is also promised for the future, but where it will come from has not been explained. In Japan today the lakes, rivers and seacoasts are intensely polluted and the city's canals have become garbage dumps.

    Trees, shrubs and flowers in abundance are pictured in next century's city but those existing today are rapidly being killed off by smog and their falling leaves are adding to the garbage already piled up in the streets.

    Electrical wiring is another problem. At present the jumble of wires works but it is estimated that if another earthquake on the scale of t he 1923 disaster hit Tokyo, hundreds of major fires would break out trapping millions of people in the narrow streets.

    For the Japanese it is not question of looking ahead to life in the promised cities of t he future, but a problem of survival in the deteriorating atmosphere of their cities of today.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA785CEF8D1L9SJJVSDEUCLE9V7
    Media URN:
    VLVA785CEF8D1L9SJJVSDEUCLE9V7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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