The day before the Japanese Government declared a state of emergency because of the country's worsening economic position caused mainly by the energy crisis, the Siberian Fair exhibition from the U.
GV PAN EXT. Exhibition Hall
MV & SV PAN Russian and Japanese delegations (2 shots)
GV & GV PAN Skeleton of Mammoth PAN TO replica (2 shots)
SV replica of mammoth (2 shots)
GV Onlookers looking at power station model
SV ZOOM OUT Japanese ladies looking at models of Reindeer
SV Model of hydro power station
GV Model of oil field
GV PAN big photo of lake in central siberia
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Background: The day before the Japanese Government declared a state of emergency because of the country's worsening economic position caused mainly by the energy crisis, the Siberian Fair exhibition from the U.S.S.R. was opened at a preview for invited guests on Friday (21 December) afternoon. The aim of the exhibition is to show the Japanese the enormous amounts of natural resources in Siberia, including oil, natural gas, and coal.
The soviet Union claims that by 1975 one of Siberia's largest oil fields will be producing 130,000,000 tons of crude oil a year. However, in order to fully develop the potential of Siberia, the Russians want financial and technological investment from the Western industrialise countries. Between 1971 and 1975 the Soviet Government plans to spend huge sums os money in siberia, and this indicates the importance with which the Soviets now regard what is still one of the most desolate places in the world.
The Siberian Fair included exhibitions of hydro-electric power stations, oil fields and indigenous animals. Also on display is the skeleton of a mammoth.
Friday's preview was expected to be attended by approximately two thousand invited guests. They included a Russian delegation led by the Chairman of the Soviet Council of Ministers, Mr. M.S. Solomontsev. The exhibition will continue until May, and during the five months it is on, millions of Japanese are expected to visit it.
SYNOPSIS: At the Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, the Soviet Union opened a "Siberian Fair" exhibition on Friday afternoon. The opening preview was attended by approximately two thousand invited guests, including a Russian delegation led by Mr. M.S. Solomentsev the Chairman of the Soviet Council of Ministers.
A fossilised skeleton of a mammoth, found in Siberia, was among the exhibits showing the animal life that has inhabited one of the world's most desolate regions. The mammoth is of course extinct, but in the near future, Siberia can expect a resurgence of Man's activity. The present energy crisis in the Western world will mean that Russia can look to new markets for investments to help to develop the vast resources that lie under the Siberian plains.
Siberia contains huge amounts of oil, natural gas, coal and other minerals, but the Soviet Union needs financial and technological help from Western countries to develop them. Japan's worsening economic position with the current energy shortage, makes it a likely customer.