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.
MLV Scenes inside Expo grounds
MCU Two Japanese women
MV Expo exhibit of Japan in future
MV Tokyo street scene
LV Factory chimneys belching smoke (4 shots)
CU Car exhaust pipe
MV Two policemen into shelter
CU Oxygen apparatus PAN police breath through masks
MV Crowd at Expo exhibit - PAN to futuristic train
MV Queues at railway station (3 shots)
MCU Exhibit showing purity of water at Expo
CU Water out of dirty drainpipe
CU Polluted water in canal and sea(2 shots)
CU Model at Expo of modern city showing trees
MV Poison tree in Tokyo Street
MLV Poisoned trees in Emperor's garden
MLV Decrepid houses on canal bank (2 shots)
MCU Rubbish piled up in street
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Background: 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.