Thousands of people took part in a demonstration against nuclear weapons on May 23 in Tokyo.
GV HELICOPTER VIEW Rally ZOOM INTO crowds.
SV. Inflatable with Japanese slogan, in sky. GV crowd lying on ground enacting sudden nuclear alert.
GV ZOOM INTO Choir singing on stand.
GV Crowd, CU man speaking from stand in Japanese.
GV Japanese people in saffron coloured robes and SV people linking arms and singing.
CU Young Japanese girl being interviewed in Japanese.
CU PAN Man playing bongo drums, baby in arms, GV band playing Latin-american style music.
GV Balloons being released TRACKING SHOT people lying on ground. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Thousands of people took part in a demonstration against nuclear weapons on May 23 in Tokyo. The protest took the form of three separate rallies, held at three parks. It marked the largest anti-nuclear event ever held in Japan. The organisers said 406,000 people took part. The police put the number at nearly 200,000. The Japanese have a long history of nuclear arms protests. The have not forgotten the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. Events included choir singing, popular music concerts and speeches from survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. former United States Senator George S. McGovern spoke at one of the rallies. Crowds also acted out a seemingly well-rehearsed nuclear drill. As sirens suddenly wailed, everyone lay on the ground. The demonstration took place shortly before a disarmament session scheduled for early June at the United Nations in New York. At that meeting, the Japanese delegation hopes to present an appeal against nuclear weapons signed by 30 million people. Mor then 25 million signatures have already been collected.