• Short Summary

    Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato announced that he was stopping down from power yesterday (Saturday) -- and was promptly involved in a bite clash with Japanese newsmen, who staged a mass walk-out from his farewell conference.

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    Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato announced that he was stopping down from power yesterday (Saturday) -- and was promptly involved in a bite clash with Japanese newsmen, who staged a mass walk-out from his farewell conference.

    Earlier, the 71-year-old leader had told his ruling Liberal Democratic Party that he had made up his mind to retire after nearly eight years in office -- a postwar record. The exact timing of his hand-over of power will be decided by party leaders later.

    Then came the controversial news conference, when Mr. Sato stunned journalists by accusing them of being biased. Asked to explain, Mr. Sato told the newsmen they could leave if they didn't like his remarks.

    After the mass walk-out, Mr. Sato was let to address the television cameras and rows of empty seats. Japanese newspapers have been increasingly hostile to Mr. Sato's leadership over the past year, and there had been regular demands for him to bring forward his retirement.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA55A12E707AP7FCIZH99ZRJAB
    Media URN:
    VLVAA55A12E707AP7FCIZH99ZRJAB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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