Thousands of Thai students, some with banners accusing Japan of economic exploitation, demonstrated against Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka on his arrival in Bangkok on Wednesday (9 January).
GV & SV Pro- and anti-Japanese demonstrators at airport with banners (7 shots)
GV & SV Tanaka down aircraft steps and greeted (2 shots)
Thai and Japanese flags
SV Tanaka with garland walks across tarmac surrounded by police
MR. & Mrs. Tanaka
MV PAN Car away
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Background: Thousands of Thai students, some with banners accusing Japan of economic exploitation, demonstrated against Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka on his arrival in Bangkok on Wednesday (9 January).
Mr. Tanaka was beginning the second leg of a ten-day South-East Asian tour. He flew in form Manila, the first stop in his five-nation tour aimed at alleviating concern over Japan's economic dominance in the region. He is also seeking a continued supply of raw mater???r Japanese in astray.
Three hundred students picketed the entrance to Bangkok's Don Muang Airport but were prevented by police form entering the airport complex. They waved banners with such slogans as "Nippons Go Home" and "Japanese Take Out -- Never Give". A few supporters waved pro-Japanese banners.
The Thai Prime Minister Sanya Dharmasakti welcomed Mr. Tanaka and his wife.
About 2,000 police were drafted in the prevent possible violence fat the airport and at the city hotel where the Japanese leader stayed. Authorities said it was the biggest security operation ever mounted in Thailand for a visiting dignitary.
When Mr. Tanaka's motorcade reached the city, about 5,000 placard-waving students besieged the hotel gates after police cleared a path of allow the official party through.