The garbage problems of Tokyo, one of the world's largest cities, is becoming among the most contentious issues in the metropolitan elections in Tokyo in early July.
GV Japanese street (2 shots)
SV & CU Garbage piled on roadside (3 shots)
GV & SV Refuse workers load garbage on truck (3 shots)
GV Trucks tip garbage in dump (2 shots)
SV & CU Rubbish (4 shots)
SV & CU Rubbish leaded onto trucks (4 shots)
GV PAN Truck drives off to disposal centre
GV Dispersal centre
SV & GV Trucks arrive and check in (2 shots)
SV INT Monitors in control room
GV & SV Dials on control panel (2 shots)
SV & CU INT Trucks tipping rubbish into incinerator (3 shots)
SV & CU Garbage being burned
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Background: The garbage problems of Tokyo, one of the world's largest cities, is becoming among the most contentious issues in the metropolitan elections in Tokyo in early July.
The piles of garbage and the growing problems of getting rid of it efficiently in a city of 12 million people, has given the opposition political parties a potent weapon against the ruling Liberal Democrats.
Tokyo produces about 17,000 tons of garbage daily. Garbage has always been the most visible symptom of a city with a rapidly-increasing population and a giant industrial growth.
Three years ago, the city began dumping refuse into Tokyo Bay, creating an area of reclaimed land called "Dream Island".
The government some time ago ordered Tokyo's 23 wards to provide their own garbage disposal plants. A number of these showcase plants are now in operation -- giant incinerators that treat smoke and fumes from incineration on the spot.
But the plants don't meet the problem of the growing 740,000 square metre (880,000 square yards) mountain of refuse in the bay. Nearby residents have twice blockaded the area protesting abut he cavalcade of garbage trucks shuttling to and from the dump.
The opposition parties are nothing that the annual budget of 79 billion, 450 million yen (GBP145 million sterling or 400 million U.S. dollars approx.) -- a full 80 per cent of which is spent n garbage disposal -- is still not conquering the problem.
The issue is even more potent for the opposition Communist and Socialist candidates because the people of Tokyo, despite the overcrowding and pollution of the city, have a zealous tradition of personal cleanliness that makes the garbage an affront.