• Short Summary

    Emperor Hirohito of Japan honoured his country's war dead in a solemn ceremony in Tokyo's Martial Arts Hall on Friday (15 August).

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    Emperor Hirohito of Japan honoured his country's war dead in a solemn ceremony in Tokyo's Martial Arts Hall on Friday (15 August).

    Exactly thirty years before -- at midday, 15 August, 1945, Emperor Hirohito made the broadcast that told the Japanese people that "things have not necessarily gone to our advantage", and that they should surrender and lay down their arms. The formal surrender was signed aboard the United States navy's Missouri in Tokyo Bay, on 2 september.

    The Japanese Prime Minister, Takeo Miki was one of 6,000 invited government leaders and guests who were present to hear the Emperor regret the loss of lives on both sides.

    During the Second World War, every cable informing relatives of the death of a Japanese serviceman told them he had died in the service of the Emperor. At midday, one minute's silence was observed in the hall.

    Prime Minister Miki spoke, saying that Japan should adhere to its anti-war constitution, and asked for prayers for the war dead. And after the ceremony at the hall, the Prime Minister paid his respects to the war dead at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine where the remains of kamikaze pilots are enshrined.

    A small number of demonstrators were on hand to protest at the Prime Minister's visit.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAXBP24ZZ9106EMML7ANFZYI5Y
    Media URN:
    VLVAAXBP24ZZ9106EMML7ANFZYI5Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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