• Short Summary

    THE WIVES OF 70 JAPANESE COAL MINERS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WERE CONTINUING A SIT-DOWN DEMONSTRATION AT THE MIIKE MINE NEAR OMUTA CITY IN WESTERN JAPAN.

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    THE WIVES OF 70 JAPANESE COAL MINERS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WERE CONTINUING A SIT-DOWN DEMONSTRATION AT THE MIIKE MINE NEAR OMUTA CITY IN WESTERN JAPAN. THE WOMEN WERE DEMANDING BETTER GOVERNMENT RELIEF MEASURES FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE 1963 GAS EXPLOSION DISASTER IN THE MINE. THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE MINE FOR SIX DAYS.

    THE WIVES MARCHED INTO THE MINE CARRYING BLANKETS AND STRAW MATS AND SAT DOWN AT A POINT SOME 6,000 FEET (1828 METRES) FROM THE PIT ENTRANCE ON FRIDAY NIGHT. THEY WORE SASHES DRAWING ATTENTION TO THEIR CAUSE, AND CARRIED ENOUGH FOOD AND MEDICINE TO SEE THEM THROUGH A PROTRACTED STAY.

    IN NOVEMBER 1963 A HUGE GAS EXPLOSION RIPPED THROUGH THE MINE, KILLING 458 MEN AND LEAVING 822 DISABLED BY CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING.

    THE DEMONSTRATION IS IN PROTEST AGAINST A SPECIAL BILL ON THE POISONING WHICH IS BEING DEBATED BY THE SOCIAL AND LABOUR COMMITTEE OF THE JAPANESE UPPER HOUSE.

    THE WIVES CLAIM THE BILL FAILS TO GUARANTEE PAYMENT OF THE SAME WAGES AS THE MINERS RECEIVED IN PRE-DISASTER DAYS, OR HONOUR THE COMPANY'S PLEDGE NOT TO DISCHARGE THEM.

    FOUR WOMEN HAVE ALREADY BEEN FORCED TO ABANDON THE DEMONSTRATION ON MEDICAL ADVICE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9WZWRUUYCX900V959G4O6MMEA
    Media URN:
    VLVA9WZWRUUYCX900V959G4O6MMEA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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