The Chairman of the Japanese Joint Staff Council General Hayao-Kinugasa, arrived in Washington on Tuesday (12 December) from Europe.
SV Kinugasa out of car and greeted by Admiral Moorer
MCU & SV Both men pose for press and enter building (2 shots)
SV & CU Both men posing inside
SV Moorer presents Kinugasa with Legion of Merit Award
SV & CU Kinugasa with Moorer
SV Kinugasa shaking hands with American military personnel
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Background: The Chairman of the Japanese Joint Staff Council General Hayao-Kinugasa, arrived in Washington on Tuesday (12 December) from Europe.
He was greeted by his counterpart, the United States Joint Chief of Staff, Admiral Thomas H. Moorer. A full honour ceremony had been planned for the occasion, but had to be cancelled because of bad weather. Instead, a brief and informal welcoming ceremony was held in Admiral Moorer's Pentagon office.
After meeting other American defence personnel, General Kinugasa was presented by Admiral Moorer with the Legion of Merit, an award of which the higher ordered are given only to foreign defence leaders.
General Kinugasa has previously visited Britain, West Germany and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Headquarters in Belgium during his month-long tour.
SYNOPSIS: In Washington on Tuesday, the Chairman of the Japanese Joint Staff Council, General Hayao-Kinugasa, was greeted by his American counterpart, Admiral Thomas Moorer of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Kinugase had arrived in the U.S. to discuss defence relations only weeks before a new defence treaty is to be planned between the two countries.
After the brief welcoming ceremony, General Kinugasa was presented by Admiral Moorer with the Legion of Merit, Commander Class.
A more formal ceremony with full military honours had been planned for the visitor's arrival in the U.S.,, but bad weather had forced a last-minute cancellation. The presentation was instead held in Admiral Moorer's Pentagon office.