• Short Summary

    Thousands of commuters were forced to walk to work after being stranded by a general transport strike in Japan yesterday (Thursday).

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    Thousands of commuters were forced to walk to work after being stranded by a general transport strike in Japan yesterday (Thursday).

    An estimated total of 40-million people were affected by the strike. It came as a climax of the annual spring labour offensive for higher wages, which began as a work-to-rule two weeks ago.

    Most services on national and private railways were halted, including the Underground Railway in Tokyo. Stoppage of railway-operated bus and ferry services added to the chaos.

    A partial walk-out by taxi-drivers cancelled out an alternative means of transport for many, and workers took to their own cars. The result was huge traffic jams in the larger cities, end in Tokyo the extra exhaust gases in the atmosphere brought the first smog warning of the year.

    Many had slept in their offices the previous night, and others simply walked to work along the silent railway tracks.

    News of the strike was also hard to come by on some commercial television networks, where reporters and studio crews joined the walkouts. The strike was originally scheduled for 48 hours, but the 200-thousand private railway workers accepted a compromise offer in time for the evening rush of commuters yesterday. 320-thousand national railwayman held out for several hours afterwards., by which time about 12-million commuters had tackled a long walk home.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABA6W2K5W1IFJDR2NK3OSI8V5K
    Media URN:
    VLVABA6W2K5W1IFJDR2NK3OSI8V5K
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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