• Short Summary

    A PLOT TO ASSASSINATE JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER HAYATO IKEDA, SEIZE CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT AND DISSOLVE ALL LEFTIST AND SOCIALIST ORGANISATIONS IN JAPAN COLLAPSED WITH THE ARREST OF 13 MEN DEC 11, ALLEGED TO BE RINGLEADERS IN THE PLANNED COUP D'ETAT, JAPANESE POLICE, IN A SERIES OF DAWN RAIDS, ALSO CONFISCATED 300 HELMETS, 150 GAS MASKS AND SIX SWORDS.

  • Description

    A PLOT TO ASSASSINATE JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER HAYATO IKEDA, SEIZE CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT AND DISSOLVE ALL LEFTIST AND SOCIALIST ORGANISATIONS IN JAPAN COLLAPSED WITH THE ARREST OF 13 MEN DEC 11, ALLEGED TO BE RINGLEADERS IN THE PLANNED COUP D'ETAT, JAPANESE POLICE, IN A SERIES OF DAWN RAIDS, ALSO CONFISCATED 300 HELMETS, 150 GAS MASKS AND SIX SWORDS.

    ONE OF THE ARRESTED WAS TOKUTAKO SAKURAI, A FORMER MAJOR GENERAL IN THE IMPERIAL ARMY, WHO TOOK PART IN THE BURMA CAMPAIGN DURING WORLD WAR II.

    POLICE SAID THE PLOTTERS HAD THREE OBJECTIVES. FIRSTLY, THEY INTENDED TO KILL PRIME MINISTER IKEDA, WHOM THEY FELT WAS NOT DEALING FIRMLY ENOUGH WITH COMMUNISTS, SECONDLY, THEY WERE GOING TO SEIZE THE GOVERNMENT AND ESTABLISH A RIGHTIST REGIME. THIRDLY, THEY WERE GOING TO ABOLISH THE MILITANTLY-LEFTIST FEDERATION OF JAPAN LABOR UNIONS (SOHYO), THE POLICE SAID THEY HAD KNOWN OF THE PLOT SINCE SEPTEMBER WHEN THE PLOTTERS CONTACTED HIGH-RANKING OFFICERS OF THE DEFENCE FORCE IN AN UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO ENLIST THEIR SUPPORT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAM1E3FHRW6CAGIVXLQCS0P8W8
    Media URN:
    VLVAAM1E3FHRW6CAGIVXLQCS0P8W8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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