The President of the Japanese Trade Union Congress, Minoru Takita, recently visited President Kennedy in Washington.
MV Kennedy and Minoru Takita at desk
CU Takita pan to Kennedy
MV The two men
MV Kennedy with mask presented by Takita
LV Japanese ship in New York harbour
SV Stern of "Astoria Maru - Tokyo"
GV Crates unloaded
CU Printing on box 'Made in Japan'
GV/PAN Down buildings in garment centre New York
CU Dress manufacturers sign on truck
CU Another sign
CV's Activity with hand trucks in garment district
MV Bolts of cloth on table
MV Cutter cuts cloth
CU Cloth cutting
GV Manufacturers workshop
CV Woman machinist
CU Hand sewing
MV Finished suits on rack
GV Ext..Men's clothing store
MV Suits displayed in window
MV Customer being fitted
CU Customer with jackets surveying
GV Rack of suits
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Background: The President of the Japanese Trade Union Congress, Minoru Takita, recently visited President Kennedy in Washington. He presented his with a "good-luck" Lion's Head Mask, and discussed labour problems... In particular, a big problem has arisen over cheap Japanese garments and textiles imported into the United States.
America's big garment-makers union, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, has instructed its 385,000 members not to cut any Japanese cloth imported after May 1st.
The ban follows a refusal by Japanese manufacturers to set a voluntary quota on shipments of men's and boy's suits to the United States.
The Union claims that the American clothing industry - already one of the most competitive in the country - could not survive in competition with imported garments made by workers earning only 14 cents an hour.
The average hourly wage in union clothing shops in the United States is 2 dollars - about 14 times higher.
Meanwhile, shipments from Japan continued to be unloaded.... One such cargo was brought to New York harbour in the Japanese ship "Astoria Maru".