The Japanese textile industry today (Wednesday) issued a new declaration at a mass meeting in Tokyo that it would reject any export control that might be forced on it by the current talks in Washington between Japan and the United States.
SHIMIZU-DANI PARK, TOKYO
Textiles workers in Shimizu Park
Industry leaders address the meeting.
Various shots people and banners
Industry leaders leave mark to begin march
Various shots demonstrators march through Tokyo streets.
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Background: The Japanese textile industry today (Wednesday) issued a new declaration at a mass meeting in Tokyo that it would reject any export control that might be forced on it by the current talks in Washington between Japan and the United States.
Nearly 3,000 textile workers at the mass meeting in Shimizu Park greeted the declaration with loud cheers. The meeting adopted a resolution which accused the Japanese Government of assuming what they termed a "humiliating" attitude and of deceiving the Japanese textile industry.
The resolution from the textile industry also called on the United States to reconsider its demand for voluntary Japanese control of non-cotton exports to the American market.
Industry leaders joined members of the National Federation of Textile Unions in Japan in a march through Tokyo's streets to protest at the concessions being made by the Japanese Government. The protesters also carried dresses, coats and even ladies slips on poles to emphasize their point. Some carried wool and other raw materials. A little humour was injected into the demonstration with pictures of girls wearing bikinis-a protest at the more scanty fashions.
The Japanese Minister of International Trade and Industry, Mr Miyazawa, has told Parliament the situation would become serious if the Japanese Government could not enforce a settlement reached with the United States because of opposition from the textile industry.