INTRODUCTION: A Thailand women's rights group has demonstrated against so-called Japanese "sex tours" during a visit to the country by Japan's Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki.
CU Sign saying Embassy of Japan in Japanese and English PAN TO GV demonstrators with placards in English. CU sign "Stop Japanese Sex Tours" PULL OUT TO GV demonstrators (2 shots)
SV Placard on pavement: "Sex tours trample Thai human dignity"
Mass of demonstrators with placards
CU Placard: "Arise Women of Taiwan, Philippines, Korea, Thailand". GV banner "Stop Japanese Yen for Thai bodies" (2 shots)
Thai girls wearing "For Sale" signs round neck and roped around waist being pulled down street like slaves (2 shots)
Mass of demonstrators on pavement
GV INTERIOR News conference, ZOOM IN TO SV Japanese Premier Suzuki (not speaking) (2 shots)
GV Reporters at news conference, SV Suzuki, GV Suzuki speaking (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A Thailand women's rights group has demonstrated against so-called Japanese "sex tours" during a visit to the country by Japan's Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki. The Women's Friends Group marched through Bangkok on Monday (19 January), protesting against a statement by Thai Deputy Premier Boonchu Rojanasthien that sex should be an attraction in promoting Thailand's tourist trade.
SYNOPSIS: The Thai women campaigners were demonstrating against what's known in Japan as the package sex tour. Some 1Â«-million Japanese men travelled to Thailand and other nations of South-east Asia last year on these excursions. They paid an all-in price for their air fare, hotel room and the promise of sex.
There's also been action in Japan to prevent its travel industry carrying on this thriving line. A vigorous campaign has been waged by Miss Takado Doi, a Socialist member of Parliament. She said recently that the tours cast a great shame over the image of Japan. But other Japanese opponents of the tours doubt whether they can stamp the practice out.
This protest in Bangkok remained peaceful. The demonstrators were asked to refrain from any hostile action during Mr. Suzuki's visit.
During a speech in the Thai capital, the Japanese Prime Minister said Vietnamese troops must withdraw from Kampuchea to bring back stability to South-east Asia. While touring the region, he called for an international conference on Kampuchea. Mr. Suzuki said he was impressed by the independent spirit of ASEAN, the Association of South-East Asian Nations.