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    In London, a delegation of Japanese businessmen and the Japanese Ambassador to Britain, Mr. Tadao?

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    SV: The Japanese Ambassador to Britain Mr. Tadao Kato makes an official speech in which he reads a message from the Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda.

    CU OF: Japanese official.

    SV: Officials from Japan and L.S.E. signing agreement and exchanging documents.

    SV PAN: Japanese officials watching.

    SV: Both sets of officials joining in toast.

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: KATO: "The Prime Minister, Mr. Takeo Fukuda, has issued a statement, of special interest in this project and he has asked me to give his blessing to the centre's future, and has sent his personal message as follows: 'I am most gratified to learn that the International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines are now being established at the London School of Economics for the purpose of promoting international co-operative efforts amongst scholars of different countries in the field of social science and through such efforts, promoting better understanding among nations. The establishment of the centre, which owes itself to the imaginative ideas of Professor Miteo Mirushima of London School of Economics, have been made possible through generous contributions from Suntory Limited and the Toyota Motor Company Limited, working in co-operation with the Japan Foundation. It is my earnest hope that the inauguration of the centre will be instrumental in the formation of the interest in Japanese studies in the United Kingdom, which has been growing rapidly in recent years and that to the advancement of true understanding of each other in our two countries'."

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    Background: In London, a delegation of Japanese businessmen and the Japanese Ambassador to Britain, Mr. Tadao Kato, attended a ceremony officially handing over a gift of two million pounds from two Japanese companies to the London School of Economics. Mr. Kato first made an official speech which included a message from Japan's Prime Minister Mr. Takeo Fukuda.

    SYNOPSIS: The official ceremony and the signing of the agreement took place in the Founders Room of the London School of Economics. The proceedings were presided over by Mr. Hugh Weldon, who is the chairman of the governing court of the London School of Economics. Apart from the Japanese Ambassador, the presidents of the two companies involved in the gift to the university were both at the signing, as was Professor Dahrendort who is director of the university. After the documents relating to the agreement were signed, they were officially exchanged, marking the start of the financial aid to the Economic Research Centre.

    The ceremony was officially ended with a closing speech by professor Dahrendorf, who then proposed a toast.

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