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    JAPANESE GOVERNMENT MINISTER HAVE CALLED FOR A STUDY OF THE LOCATION OF THE UNITED STATES ITAZUKE AIR BASE, NEAR THE UNIVERSITY AND RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF JAPAN.

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    STUDENTS POLICE FIGHTING IN STREET; STUDENTS BEING ARRESTED.




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    Background: JAPANESE GOVERNMENT MINISTER HAVE CALLED FOR A STUDY OF THE LOCATION OF THE UNITED STATES ITAZUKE AIR BASE, NEAR THE UNIVERSITY AND RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF JAPAN. YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) SOME 5,000 STUDENTS CLASHED VIOLENTLY WITH POLICE IN THE STREETS OF TOKYO AND ABOUT 200 ARRESTS WERE MADE.

    THE STUDENTS WERE PROTESTING OVER THE CRASH LAST WEEK OF A UNITED STATES AIRCRAFT ON THE CAMPUS OF KYUSHU UNIVERSITY. BUT THEIR MAJOR GRIEVANCE IS THE ACTUAL SITING OF THE ITAZUKE AIRBASE. WHICH THEY CLAIM IS TOO CLOSE TO RESIDENTIAL AREAS TO SATISFY SAFETY REGULATIONS.

    MANY OF THE STUDENTS ALSO CALLED FOR A BOYCOTT OF JAPANESE PARTICIPATION IN THE MEETING OF THE ASIAN AND PACIFIC COUNCIL (ASPAC), TO BE HELD IN CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA, NEXT MONTH.

    THE STUDENTS WERE MEMBERS OF THE MILITANT LEFT-WING ZENGAKUREN ORGANIZATION.

    THE STUDENTS BEGAN YESTERDAY WITH A RALLY IN HIBIYA PARK IN TOKYO, AND THEN MOVED INTO THE STREETS. THOUSANDS OF WELL PROTECTED POLICE WERE MOBILISED TO GUARD THE AMERICAN EMBASSY AND OTHER KEY BUILDING. THE STUDENTS THREW PAVING STONES AND LOOSE ROCKS AT THE POLICE, WHO WERE BARRICADED BEHIND A PHALANX OF SHIELDS AND A HEAVY NET.

    THE AIRPORT EXISTS BY VIRTUE OF A SINO-AMERICAN MUTUAL SECURITY AGREEMENT, DUE TO EXPIRE IN MAY 1970. THE STUDENTS HAVE LONG BEEN AGITATING FOR NON-RENEWAL OF THE AGREEMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1MNZGCS20PMWO5ZKVUDW6T1S5
    Media URN:
    VLVA1MNZGCS20PMWO5ZKVUDW6T1S5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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