Emperor Hirohito of Japan, accompanied by Empress Nagako, visits Tokyo TV Tower and gets an aerial view of his capital, the world's largest city.
Japanese flag at Tokyo Tower;
school children wave to the Imperial couple;
LS of tower;
emperor and empress alight from car and enter tower building;
on observation platform,
elevator doors open and emperor and empress step out;
emperor and empress peer through telescope at city below,
MS and LS and scene;
inside electronics factory,
Imperial couple looking at tape recorders on assembly line;
LS of exterior of factory building.
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Background: Emperor Hirohito of Japan, accompanied by Empress Nagako, visits Tokyo TV Tower and gets an aerial view of his capital, the world's largest city. The emperor and empress are driven to the tower in an Imperial Household limousine bearing the chrysanthemum crest of the Japanese throne. At the tower, they are greeted by bowing officials who escort them up to the tower's observation platform. There the emperor avails himself of sightseeing telescopes, much as any of the thousands of Japanese tourists who visit the tower every spring, and scans the panorama of his bustling, sprawling capital, its streets packed with traffic in every direction.
After touring the tower, which soars some 1,089 feet into the sky and is about 100 feet taller than Paris' Eiffel Tower, the emperor returns to his limousine and is taken to the Sony factory in Tokyo, where Japan's booming transistor radio industry first got its start. At the electronics plant, the emperor and empress are shown through the factory by company president Ibuka, and see tape recorders being assembled.
Spring is a time when Japan's capital is thronged with tourists, Japanese fully as much as foreign, who come to see the sights of the 800-square-mile city, and who invariably pay a visit to Tokyo Tower, which dominates the city's skyline. In today's tour, the emperor of Japan shows himself to be as much an interested sightseer as any of his subjects.