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    The plenary session of the Third World Conference Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs opened in Tokyo on Monday, August 12, with a strong Soviet blast at the U.

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    ROLL NO. 1: 1) exterior shot of the Metropolitan Gymnasium showing crowd entering, 2) The arch at the entrance of the gymnasium. 3) Crowd entering the meeting site. 4) Foreign delegations conversing at the entrance. 5) Crowd in front of the entrance. 6) People entering the meeting site. 6) Foreign delegates entering through special entrance.

    ROLL NO. 2: 1) Speech by Mr. A.B. Perera, delegate from Ceylon. 2) Foreign delegates sitting on the platform. 3) Speech by Mosaburo Suzuki, chairman of the Japanese Socialist Party. 4) Speech by Sanzo Nosaka, Japanese Communist party chief. 5) General shot of the interior of the meeting site.

    ROLL NO. 3: 1) Speech by Dr. Homer A. Jack, U.S. delegate. 2) Pan shot of the sign in Japanese meaning the Third World Conference Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs. 3) Crowd listening to the speeches. 4) British delegate Mr. J. Rotblat addressing the meeting.

    ROLL NO. 4: 1) Speech by Russian delegate, Ivan A. Kairov. 2 takes. 2) Pan shot of the crowd. 3) Ceylon delegate A.B. Perera. 4) Dutch delegate. 5) The sign "Hiroshima". 6) The sign "Nagasaki". 7) Australian delegate William Morrow.

    ROLL NO. 5: 1) Mrs. Suza Kuboyama, widow of the Japanese fisherman who died as a result of the radioactive ash fallout conducted by the U.S. at Bikini stoll. 2) Atomic bomb victims listening to the speeches. The photographs show those loved ones who died in the atomic bomb explosion 12 years ago at Hiroshima. 3) British delegate Dr. J. Rotblat. 4) General shot of the interior of the meeting site.


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    Background: The plenary session of the Third World Conference Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs opened in Tokyo on Monday, August 12, with a strong Soviet blast at the U.S. and Great Britain.

    Ivan Adreyevich Kairov, president of the Soviet Academy of Pedagogical Sciences and head of the Soviet delegation to the conference, put the blame for continued nuclear weapons testing on the British and U.S. Governments.

    Kairov claimed that Russia is prepared to stop nuclear testing at any time that Britain and the U.S. agree to a halt. "But", he continued, "The burden lies with the U.S. So far, the answer to us has been a complete rejection".

    The Soviet delegate also hit out at NATO countries claiming that the NATO decision to station atomic units in Europe was a major factor in the continuing threat of world wide atomic war.

    Three American delegates also issued a formal statement claiming that the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima was unnecessary and without justification.

    Dr. Homer A. Jack, Miss Gretchen Turnhill, and the Rev Arthur Delemarter joined in issuing this statement:-
    "Three Americans have individually come to Japan with a deep sense of guilt as Americans for contributing to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We find no justification whatsoever for the slaughter of innocent human beings in Nagasaki and Hiroshima by atomic bombs, or, for thatter, of human beings in Tokyo by so-called conventional weapons".

    Tokyo's Metropolitan Gymnasium was filled with over 9,000 people as 5,000 delegates from Japan and 200 delegates from other countries gathered to hear reports of the preparatory session which ended on August 10 in Kanda.

    Visiting the conference hall on the opening day, our cameraman filmed the Japanese delegates as they streamed into the building.

    Among the many speakers who stood up the denounce the use of atomic weapons was Sanzo Nosaka, Japanese Communist Party Chief; Dr. Homer A. Jack, one of the American delegates; Dr. J. Ratblat of Great Britain; and Mr. Iran Kirov of the Soviet Union.

    Mrs Suzu Kuboyama, widow of one of the Japanese fishermen who died from the effects of a rapid-active fall out following the U.S. tests at Bikini stoll, listened while the Ceylon delegate, Mr. A. B. Perera, addressed the meeting.

    Many atomic bomb victims were present and the conference also included a picture exhibition of people killed in A.bomb raids.

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