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    SAGAMI BAY, JAPAN

    INTRODUCTION: Under strong pressure from the Western allies to increase its defence spending, the Japanese Navy held its first exercise at sea for seven years.Forty-five warships of the maritime self-defence force sailed past Prime Minister Suzuki, along with more than 50 aircraft.

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    SAGAMI BAY, JAPAN

    GV EXT Naval vessels with flag in foreground naval officer. (4 SHOTS) 0.19
    GV PAN Crew line decks of destroyer. 0.27
    GV ZOOM IN Submarine surfacing. 0.35
    GV Aircraft, fly past battleships. (2 SHOTS) 0.54
    GV Rocket firing from vessel. (2 SHOTS) 1.07
    GV Submarine diving. 1.10
    GV Planes firing rockets. 1.22
    GV Line of cruisers with flag in foreground. 1.28

    Background: SAGAMI BAY, JAPAN

    INTRODUCTION: Under strong pressure from the Western allies to increase its defence spending, the Japanese Navy held its first exercise at sea for seven years.Forty-five warships of the maritime self-defence force sailed past Prime Minister Suzuki, along with more than 50 aircraft.

    SYNOPSIS: The Japanese government has increased its defence funding by more than seven per cent this year.The increase comes after talks between the Japanese leader and President Reagan in Washington six months ago.At this meeting, American officials expressed anxiety about security in the North West Pacific.They believe the U.S.Seventh Fleet can no longer match the power of the Soviet naval presence.

    However, the seven per cent increase announced by the Japanese, is believed to be well below the figure requested by the Americans.

    Japanese sources said the US asked Japan to buy more ships, radar warning planes and anti-submarine aircraft as soon as possible.But a strong public campaign, spearheaded by the Japanese press, attacked the proposals.Anti-American feeling is said to be stronger now in Japan that at any time since the Vietnam war.Last May, a joint sea exercise by the Japanese and American fleets was stopped two days earlier than scheduled because of massive demonstrations against the manoeuvres.

    Defence matters have been a low priority in Japan for the last 20 years.During the 1960s, defence expenditure was reduced to less than one per cent of gross national product.

    Bur observers agree that pressure from the United States will increase in the future.

    Source: REUTERS - KIMIAKI TANAKA

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4BANGLWE8QLFZTO7MPP7J3GGP
    Media URN:
    VLVA4BANGLWE8QLFZTO7MPP7J3GGP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/11/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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