New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake and Mrs.Holyoake visit the Tokiwamatsu Primary School in Tokyo?
New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake and Mrs.Holyoake visit the Tokiwamatsu Primary School in Tokyo where they were welcomed by children and their mothers.This Tokiwamatsu primary school is a typical small ordinary primary school in Tokyo where 900 children study everybody.In Japan, primary school (six years course starting 7 years old) and secondary school (three years course after primary school) is compulsory and the lunch was provided for all primary school pupils during week days from Monday to Saturday.The menu of the primary school lunch consist of two piece of bread, milk and vegetable salad or stew and sometime noodles with meat.These lunches were provided for pupils by governmental expenses and each pupils shall share around 10 shillings (U.K.money) a month.The food is cooked by nutrition technician or parents mothers who offer voluntarily their service every day.The government imports a lot of Australian and New Zealand milk products and mutton meat which were distributed to all the primary schools throughout Japan.Prime Minister Holyoake and Mrs.Holyoake inspect the classroom where New Zealand mutton was cooked together with carrot, onion, and potatoes which were offered for pupils.He asks question to each pupil whether it is delicious or not or what about bread made from Australian wheat? Pupils reply to Prime Minister Holyoake that it is delicious as school nutrition technician makes it a rule to cook them by different way in each time mixing with other vegetables so they are very happy about the school lunch provided by the school every day.
Prime Minister Holyoake and Mrs.Holyoake are very pleased with their answers and he tried to pick up a piece of bread and shared with Mrs.Holyoake.
In Japan, there are nearly 24,000 primary schools throughout Japan where the school lunch was provided for each pupil even remote country such as mountainous area or remote fishing village school.So that Japanese pupils have good constitution since we started this school lunch system since 1948 though the school provided just skin milk for pupils when they started this lunch system in the beginning.Now the content of school lunch is abundant both in volume and quality.Thousands tons of Australian milk products and New Zealand mutton meat were imported here not only for ordinary purpose but also for primary school lunch and Japanese people are now accustomed to eat meat and bread rather than rice.Because rice was not provided as it requires tremendous facilities to wash and boil them to feed thousands of pupils at each schools so Japanese food and taste is changing due to this school lunch system.In other words, Japanese pupils who spent primary school days after 1948 are accustomed to eat this milk, vegetable and meat lunch rather than rice and meat or fish.In other words, Japanese food is now converted or westernised in some extent though rice is still stable food in Japan, and other countries in the Orient.
Prime Minister Holyoake and Mrs.Holyoake were invited by leaders of Japan Economic Association at Tokyo Kaikan Hall in the centre of the city on the afternoon.
Premier Holyoake and Mrs.Holyoake were greeted by Mr.Tadashi Adachi, President of the Japan Chamber of Commerce (white hair with glass) at the front of the Tokyo Kaikan and they were introduced to Mr.Kashiro Uemura, famous leaders of Japan Economic Association and former president of the Toho and many companies and secretariat of the association.
Then Premier and Mrs.Holyoake get in the reception room of the Tokyo Kaikan where they were greeted by Mr.Jukuro Kadono, former Finance Minister, the president of various banks, the presidents of big industries in Japan.
Premier Holyoake renewed his friendship with various Japanese industrial leaders who visited New Zealand together with former Premier Hayato Ikeda two years ago and discussed with them more trade between Japan and New Zealand and Japanese industrial leaders assured that they wish to import more Australian and New Zealand milk products, wool, meat, pig iron and other products from New Zealand and exchanged views more than two hours and half over there.