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    Two demonstrations protesting against the Lockheed payoff scandal in Japan took place in Tokyo on Wednesday (24 March).

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    Two demonstrations protesting against the Lockheed payoff scandal in Japan took place in Tokyo on Wednesday (24 March).

    The first started around midday at Hibiya Park, where about 3,000 people gathered for a rally sponsored by the Japan Socialist Party (JSP) and the Joint Japanese Labour Unions (Sohyo). Following speeches by representatives of labour unions from various parts of Japan, a group of about 100 demonstrators marched to the home of the man who is at the centre of the Lockheed scandal in Japan, ultra right-wing businessman, Yoshio Kodama.

    Mr. Kodama's luxury home was the scene of a kamikaze-style suicide attack on Tuesday (23 March), when a single-engined aircraft, piloted by a Japanese film actor, crashed into the side of the building. Mr. Kodama's house was damaged but he was unhurt.

    A second demonstration, sponsored by Sohyo and several opposition political parties; took place later on Wednesday evening.

    An estimated crowd of over 30,000 people marched through the streets of Tokyo to the Diet (parliament) building, protesting against the recently-concluded United States - Japanese agreement on the exchange of information on the lockheed affair.

    The information, which contains names of Japanese government officials alleged to have received bribes from Lockheed, will be available only to Japanese law enforcement agencies. Opposition political parties have spearheaded efforts to have this material made public.

    SYNOPSIS: Two demonstrations protesting against the Lockheed pay-off scandal in Japan took place in Tokyo on Wednesday. The first started around midday in Hibiya Park, where about 3,000 people gathered for a rally sponsored by the Japan Socialist Party and the Joint Japanese Labour Unions. They heard speeches by union representatives from various parts of Japan.

    Later a group of about 100 demonstrators marched to the home of the man who is at the centre of the Lockheed scandal in Japan, ultra right-wig businessman Yoshio Kadama. Mr. Kadama's luxury home was the scene of a kamikaze-style suicide attack on Tuesday, when a single-engined aircraft, piloted by a Japanese film actor, crashed into the side of the building. The house was damaged by fire but Mr. Kodama was unhurt.

    The second of Wednesday's demonstrations took place at night, when an estimated crowd of over 30,000 people marched through the streets of Tokyo to the parliament building. They were protesting against the recently-concluded agreement between the United States and Japan on the exchange of information on the Lockheed affair.

    This demonstration was also sponsored by the labour unions, together with several opposition political parties. The latter have been leading efforts to have the Lockheed papers concerning Japan made public. But the United States - Japanese agreement only makes provision of the information-at present held by the U.S. Justice Department-to be made available to Japanese law enforcement agencies.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB159LUPK46219T7A34HDWXYC7
    Media URN:
    VLVAB159LUPK46219T7A34HDWXYC7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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