The Mayor of New York, Mr John Lindsay, received a unaminous popularity vote from hundreds of Japanese when he walked down Tokyo's main Sunday pedestrian "paradise" in the Ginza shopping and night-club area today.
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Background: The Mayor of New York, Mr John Lindsay, received a unaminous popularity vote from hundreds of Japanese when he walked down Tokyo's main Sunday pedestrian "paradise" in the Ginza shopping and night-club area today.
He exchanged peace signs, waves, grins and handshakes as he inspected the Ginza main street area with the Governor of Tokyo, Mr Ryokichi Minobe. Today's stroll was at the New York Mayor's own request.
The "pedestrian paradise" idea was begun by Mr Lindsay who sealed of New Yorks Fifth Avenue. Tokyo copied the idea and has developed several pedestrian malls into a highly popular weekly attraction for its almost 12-million citizens.
Mr Lindsay spent about 25 minutes walking through the Ginza, surrounded by a struggling, surging crowd of cameraman, bodyguards and curious Japanese. Pretty young girls giggled and blushed as he plunged into the crowds to shake hands and exchange greetings.
At one point Mrs Mary Lindsay struggled through the crowd to shake his hand and joke: "I've always wanted to meet the Mayor of New York!"
And the unaminous decision was that if Mr Lindsay had been campaigning for the American presidency he would have carried the Ginza easily.