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    Another mark of Japanese remilitarization, the well-known battleship Mikasa of the old Imperial Navy undergoes a facelift and is converted into a monument and a naval museum.

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    Another mark of Japanese remilitarization, the well-known battleship Mikasa of the old Imperial Navy undergoes a facelift and is converted into a monument and a naval museum.

    The Mikasa served as flagship of Admiral Count Heihachiro Togo whose decisive victory against Russia's Baltic Fleet in the Battle of Japan Sea at the turn of the century remains a classic in world naval annals.

    Demilitarization was one of the cardinal policies of the Allied occupation of Japan, chiefly managed by the U.S., and during the early years of the occupation the Japanese government was ordered to convert most of its remaining weapons into scrap metal. During the more recent past Japan has been encouraged by the West to rearm - and a new Japanese navy is slowly coming into shape.

    The Mikasa all this time had been left to dilapidate at the naval port of Yokosuka on Tokyo Bay which formerly was a base of the Japanese Navy and which today serves as largest U.S. naval base in the Western Pacific. Reflecting changes in history and the policies of Japanese leadership, the well-known battleship has been relaunched into an attraction for tourists and a reminder to the Japanese people of the days when Japan was a naval power. At present workmen are converting the Mikasa's interior into a museum of historic naval objects.

    Scenes include: Workers on the Mikasa's deck. The guns which fired at the Russian fleet. Post-war Japanese servicemen among visitors inspecting shells which were used by the Mikasa. Close shots of the cannon shell and a torpedo. Side of the ship cemented to the wharf at "Mikasa Park." Close shot of the Imperial sixteen-pedal chrysanthemum on the ship's bow. Long shot of the converted battleship. Children of the post-war generation watching the Mikasa.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAPMA8N1YRRF6TPHPAJTU38Z1R
    Media URN:
    VLVAAPMA8N1YRRF6TPHPAJTU38Z1R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/04/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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