The French leader, President Francois Mitterrand, on the second day of his official visit to Japan (15 April) held talks with Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki and other government leaders.
GV Mitterrand and wife greeted by Suzuki and wife (2 shots)
GV Mitterrand inspects guard of honour
GV Mitterrand and wife in welcoming ceremony (2 shots)
GV Mitterrand and wife greeting Japanese ministers
(MUTE) SV & GV Crowd waves flags
(SOUND) GV INTERIOR Mitterrand with Suzuki (5 shots)
(MUTE) GV PAN Presidential residence
GV Mitterrand with Emperor Hirohito (3 shots)
CUs Mitterrand and wife seated with Hirohito (3 shots)
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Background: The French leader, President Francois Mitterrand, on the second day of his official visit to Japan (15 April) held talks with Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki and other government leaders. During an official welcoming ceremony in Tokyo he inspected a guard of honour and formally greeted leading Japanese dignitaries. He also visited Emperor Hirohito at the Imperial Palace. Later, President Mitterrand spoke to Japanese businessmen about the world recession and said no country could solve the problem alone. On unemployment, the French leader said Japan is jointly responsible with France for developing new industrial policies that could reduce unemployment. Reuters news agency says the French are concerned at the trade imbalance in Japan's favour -- 1.6 billion dollars in 1981, double the 1979 figure...and that France wants measures to reduce the deficit. Development in this area is not expected during the Mitterrand visit.