• Short Summary

    Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako of Japan, now on a seven-nation tour through Europe, arrived in the Netherlands today amid intense security and a complete lack of ceremony, The Dutch press had been treating the Emperor's visit with hostility, alleging that he had been personally responsible for the conduct of the Pacific war and the maltreatment of Allied prisoners.

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    Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako of Japan, now on a seven-nation tour through Europe, arrived in the Netherlands today amid intense security and a complete lack of ceremony, The Dutch press had been treating the Emperor's visit with hostility, alleging that he had been personally responsible for the conduct of the Pacific war and the maltreatment of Allied prisoners.

    So far there has been an absence of public reaction to the Emperor' two-day visit. There have been practically no flags -- and some of the few flying have been at half-mast -- and people in the Hague, where the Japanese visitors are staying, have not been lining the streets to catch a glimpse of him.

    The Emperor's arrival at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport was marked by a lack of all the customary attributes of a reception of a head of state. Tight security included two helicopters hovering, ready to swoop to the rescue in the event of an incident.

    SYNOPSIS: Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako of Japan continued their European tour, with a visit to the Netherlands on Friday. They arrived in Amsterdam, amid tight security, for the start of their two-day visit.

    The airport arrival was marked by a lack of all customer attributes of a reception of a head of state. Instead of the band, inspection guard, royal dignitaries and national anthems, there was massive security including two helicopters circling overhead.

    In the Hague, where the Emperor and Empress are staying in the Huis Ten Bosch Palace, what few flags were flying, were at half-mast. Public reaction to the Emperor's visit has been noticeable by its absence. There were no crowds lining the streets to great the visiting Japanese.

    The lack of ceremony is due, at least in part, to the efforts of the Dutch press. Prior to the Emperor's arrival, newspapers and television carried allegations that the Emperor had been personally responsible for the conduct of the Pacific war and the maltreatment of Allied prisoners. Through a spokesman, the Emperor said that there had also been protests in Britain, but he was "not impressed". He hoped that his visit to Holland would help improve relations between the two countries.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADRVS2N34JQDIBBGQ89TF8KJG3
    Media URN:
    VLVADRVS2N34JQDIBBGQ89TF8KJG3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/10/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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