Japan's progress in the realms of motor manufacture since the end of the war has now reached phenomenal proportions.
ROLL No. 1: (At Prince automobile factory)
Varied shots of the Grinding Wheel Knuckler at the Fiji Precision Manufacturing which makes the Prince cars. The Electric Drive Broach Machine.
ROLL NO. 2: The Drilling and Tapping machine. 3 takes.
ROLL NO. 3: The engines being tests . Assembling the body of a truck.
ROLL NO. 4: Front view of the truck. The engine being placed in position. General shot of the interior of the assembling factory. The rear of a Prince car showing the special feature of the rear axle. A completed Prince car moving away. Freshly painted car in the drying chamber.
ROLL NO. 5: The newly made Prince car speeding on the test road. Closeup of the Prince car. Car climbing up a steep hill. Car coming down on the other side of the hill. The car is placed beneath showers to test leakage. Same shot from interior of car.
ROLL NO. 6: General view of the factory. Car coming out of the main gate. Rows and rows of newly completed Prince cars.
ROLL NO. 7: Prince car (Skyline) speeding along road. Front view of the car. Side view. The dashboard of the car. Closeup of the wordings "Prince Skyline". The parked car. The Prince car speeding along city street.
ROLL NO. 8: Pan shot of Tokyo. The scenery in front of the Imperial Palace with swans swimming in the moat. The congested traffic in front of the Palace grounds.
(Some of the shots in this roll may be used in editing the Emperor's Rolls Royce Story).
ROLL NO 9: This roll contains sound statement by Ino Dan, President of Fuji Precision Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
The Fuji Co. was formerly the Nakajima Aircraft Manufacturing Co.
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Background: Japan's progress in the realms of motor manufacture since the end of the war has now reached phenomenal proportions. The total number of private cars in Japan in March '57 was 188,000 of which almost half were 'Made in Japan'. This is in sharp contrast to the pre-war years when almost every car on Japan's roads was imported.
Monthly production of private cars has now reached 4,500 -- and this includes the Toyopat, Datsun, Ohta and Prince, which are manufactured in Japan, and the Hillman, Austin and Honnult cars which are assembled in Japan from imported components.
The Prince cars, manufactured by the Fuji Precision Co. of Tokyo, of which some 1,200 units a month are made, have been the subject of some controversy in the British Press. It was alleged that the design of the Prince 'Skyline' was largely copied from British and French cars.
President Dan Ino, of the Fuji company, refuted those statements and said that the French 'Versailles' - one of the cars alleged to have been copied - was produced last January and the 'Skyline' in April, too close, he said, for imitation to be possible.