In a nation wide demonstration against the new American-Japanese Security Treaty, June 4, about five million people staged a one day strike, holding protest marches, rallies and peaceful demonstrations.
In a nation wide demonstration against the new American-Japanese Security Treaty, June 4, about five million people staged a one day strike, holding protest marches, rallies and peaceful demonstrations. Demanding the resignation of the Kishi Government, students, workers politicians and housewives in Tokyo, marched to the United States Embassy shouting "We don't like Ike" and "Ike stay at home" - President Eisenhower is due to visit Japan, June 19, on a goodwill mission.
Leaving the Embassy, the huge mob made their way to Prime Minister Kishi's official residence, where only the efforts of 500 policemen prevented them from breaking into the grounds. By this time the city was paralysed and both road and rail transport was held up for hours by milling throngs of demonstrators and strikers.
Outside the Diet building, another huge crowd waved banners calling for the removal of the security treaty. Here again there were cries asking the American President to stay at home, in Japan's biggest post-war demonstration. At the main Post Office, hundreds of people sat on the pavement holding up banners with the same slogans to show their anti-American feeling. The strike and the following demonstrations were mainly due to the efforts of the left-wing General Council of Trade Unions (Sohyo).
The latest move to prevent the treaty going through is the threatened resignation of 125 members of the Socialist Opposition Party in the Lower House of the Diet. This number is more than a quarter of the members. Mr. Kishi has stated that if the Socialists take any such action he will not dissolve the House, but fill the vacant seats with a series of by-elections. Under the present procedure the Treaty will automatically become ratified on the day the President arrives. It is expected that June 19 will be a day of further demonstrations on a national scale.