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    Millions of Japanese saw in the New Year praying for good luck.

    For Japan -- suffering?

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    Millions of Japanese saw in the New Year praying for good luck.

    For Japan -- suffering inflation, a shortage of consumer gods, and a crippling shortage of oil -- the New Year began on a solemn note.

    An estimated 54 million Japanese visited shrines and temples throughout the country, to pray for a turn in the nation's fortunes. Their prayers were for more oil, more electricity, and less inflation.

    Hundreds of thousands of worshippers poured through the Meiji Shrine in north Tokyo. The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji, who ruled Japan from the middle of the 19th century until early this century.

    At the Asakusa Kannon Shrine in central Tokyo, some 3 million people prayed to the God of Mercy, represented by a 3-inch (7-6 centimetres) high statue found hundreds of years ago.

    In Japan, New Year celebrations continue for three days.

    SYNOPSIS: Million of Japanese people saw in the New Year praying for good luck. Hundreds of thousands of worshippers poured through the Meiji Shrine in the north of Tokyo city to pray for a turn in their country's fortunes. For Japan -- suffering from inflation, a shortage of consumer goods and a crippling shortage of oil -- the New Year began on a solemn note. The Meiji Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji, who ruled Japan from the middle of the nineteenth century until early this century.

    About three million people poured through the Asakusa Kannon Temple in central Tokyo. They prayed to the God of Mercy, represented by a three-inch statue found hundreds of years ago. Most of the prayers were for more oil, more consumer goods, and less inflation. Most Japanese people are spending a chilly winter because of the oil shortage. Tokyo lost much of its glamour during the Christmas holiday period, because of electricity restrictions.

    An estimated fifty-four million people visited shrines and temples throughout Japan. At the Asakusa Temple, worshippers purify themselves with smoke as they pray to the God of Mercy. The New Year celebrations go on for three days.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC4AAKEOGAC6MQQJXI8C4MT5KU
    Media URN:
    VLVAC4AAKEOGAC6MQQJXI8C4MT5KU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/01/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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