President Nixon and Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato agreed on Friday (7 January) on a compromise date of May 15 for placing the strategic Pacific island of Okinawa under full Japanese control.
SV Nixon and Sato walk to microphone from Western White House entrance to applause, ZOOM INTO Nixon speaking at 12 ft. 3.7 meters, 20 seconds.
GV American officials lined up by flagpole
GV & SV Japanese officials lined up (2 shots)
LV Sato and Nixon shake hands, and Sato into car surrounded by U.S. and Japanese officials
SV PAN Sato drives off in car.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: NIXON: "Mr. Prime Minister and Ladies and Gentlemen. We have just concluded a series of meeting in which the Prime Minister and I have had a far-ranging and very comprehensive discussion of a number of issues. I think it can be safely said that this is the most comprehensive discussion which has ever taken place between the Prime Minister of Japan and the President of the United States. It has also been a very constructive suggest--er, discussion, as will be indicated by the press statement which is to be jointly issued and also by the statements that will be made after this meeting by the Prime Minister. We have found that on many major issues, we have substantial agreement."
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Background: President Nixon and Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato agreed on Friday (7 January) on a compromise date of May 15 for placing the strategic Pacific island of Okinawa under full Japanese control.
They announced the date in a joint statement at the end of their two-day summit meeting which was convened as part of President Nixon's briefing to allied countries before his trip to Peking later this month.
The two leaders were also reported to have agreed to establish a "hot line" between Tokyo and Washington for instant communication in case of emergency.