• Short Summary

    AS JAPAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER, KIICHI AICHI, ARRIVED AT TOKYO AIRPORT YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) TO FLY TO WASHINGTON FOR TALKS WITH THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE ISLAND OF OKINAWA, 5,000 POLICE BATTLED WITH 1,500 STONE-THROWING ZENGAKUREN STUDENTS WHO WERE TRYING TO PREVENT THE MINISTER FROM LEAVING.

  • Description

    AS JAPAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER, KIICHI AICHI, ARRIVED AT TOKYO AIRPORT YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) TO FLY TO WASHINGTON FOR TALKS WITH THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE ISLAND OF OKINAWA, 5,000 POLICE BATTLED WITH 1,500 STONE-THROWING ZENGAKUREN STUDENTS WHO WERE TRYING TO PREVENT THE MINISTER FROM LEAVING. THE DEMONSTRATORS WERE PART OF THE EXTREMIST MOVEMENT WHICH BELIEVES THAT EVEN JAPAN'S COMMUNISTS ARE TOO MODERATE.

    THE OKINAWA PROBLEM HAS LONG BEEN A BONE OF CONTENTION BETWEEN JAPAN AND THE U.S. THE ISLAND, ALONG WITH OTHERS OF THE RYUKU GROUP, WAS CAPTURED BY THE AMERICANS AFTER ONE OF WORLD WAR II'S FIERCEST BATTLES, AND TODAY HOUSES ONE OF THE BIGGEST U.S. MILITARY COMPLEXES OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES - INCLUDING THE LARGEST AIR SUPPLY AND MAINTENANCE BASE IN SOUTH EAST ASIA. JAPAN HAS, FOR SOME TIME, BEEN INSISTING ON THE ISLANDS REVERTING TO JAPANESE GOVERNMENT CONTROL. IN A CABINET MEETING ON FRIDAY (MAY 30) MR. AICHI SAID THAT HE EXPECTED HIS TALKS IN WASHINGTON TO BE DIFFICULT, AS THE U.S. SEEMED TO WANT TO RETAIN UNRESTRICTED USE OF THE ISLAND BASES.

    ALTHOUGH MR. AICHI'S MAIN TALKS ARE SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE WITH SECRETARY OF STATE WILLIAM ROGERS, HE WILL ALSO MEET WITH SECRETARY OF COMMERCE STANS, OF TREASURY KENNEDY AND OF DEFENSE LAIRD - PLUS A COURTESY CALL ON PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON. IT IS ALSO EXPECTED THAT THE JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER WILL HAVE DISCUSSIONS ON THE SCHEDULED VISIT TO THE U.S. IN NOVEMBER OF PRIME MINISTER EISAKU SATO.

    THE EXTREMIST RIOTERS FEEL THAT MR. AICHI'S TRIP IS USELESS UNLESS JAPAN IS PREPARED TO TAKE VERY FIRM STANDS ON THE OKINAWA SITUATION AND, AS THEY DO NOT THINK THIS IS LIKELY TO BE THE CASE, THEY TOOK TO THE STREETS IN AN EFFORT TO GET TO THE AIRPORT AND PREVENT THE FOREIGN MINISTER FROM LEAVING. HOWEVER A 5,000-STRONG RIOT POLICE FORCE WAS WELL-PREPARED TO MEET THE DEMONSTRATORS, PREVENTING THEM FROM REACHING THE AIRPORT. AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE OFFICIAL TALLY WAS 320 ARRESTS MADE - INCLUDING 60 GIRLS; THREE POLICEMEN, ONE DEMONSTRATOR AND ONE BYSTANDER INJURED AND IN HOSPITAL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACVEPRI8OS153NQKM6WG7ANFEA
    Media URN:
    VLVACVEPRI8OS153NQKM6WG7ANFEA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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