New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Emperor prays for peace
TOKYO (AP) — Emperor Hirohito of Japan observed the 40th anniversary of the end of World War II today by telling more than 7,000 relatives of war dead that he still grieves for the war’s victims, and prays for peace.
“Even now my heart grieves when I think of the many people who fell in the ravages of war and are scattered on the battlefields of the last world war,” said the 84-year-old emperor, who announced Japan’s surrender on Aug. 15,1945.
He spoke at Tokyo’s Budokan Martial Arts Hall, facing a memorial dedicated to the “souls of the nation’s war dead.” A large Japanese flag fluttered behind tiers of 25,000 yellow and white chrysanthemums.
The ceremony began with a speech by Prime Minister
Yasuhiro Nakasone. who said the government “would make endless efforts in the name of world peace and international cooperation, using the lessons we learned from the war, so that the deaths of those who never came back would not be in vain.”
An estimated 2.5 to 3.1 million Japanese died in the war, including about 200,000 who perished in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Nakasone is to make an official visit this afternoon to the Yasukini Shrine, where 2.46 million war dead are honored. The visit is the first by a post-war prime minister.
Many religious and pacifist groups oppose the official visit to the shrine, saying it would violate the constitutional provision for separation of religion and state and lead to a resurgence of Japanese militarism.
At noon, Aug. 15, 1945, Hirohito ended almost four years of war with the United States and its allies, announcing in a radio broadcast that “the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan’s advantage." It was the first time most Japanese had heard their emperor's voice.
Today, sirens wailed across the country for one minute at 12 noon (IO p.m. CDT Wednesday). Throughout the nation, people
stood at attention. Play stopped in the national high school baseball tournament being held in Osaka, the most popular sports event of the year.
Then the emporor began his address to a crowd of people, mostly in their 60s and 70s, who gathered at the martial arts center at government expense.
Hirohito told them Japan has come a long way in the past 40 years.
“I have seen the development of our nation’s prosperity through the efforts of our people, but when I recall former times I have profound emotions,” he said.
“Here, with all the people in our country, I pay my respects in mourning and pray for peace from my heart,” Hirohito said.
Also attending today’s memorial service at the Budokan were the heads of the two houses of Japan’s Diet, or Parliament, the chief judge of the Supreme Court and representatives from political parties, unions and citizens groups.
Affirmative Action program getting negative vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top administration officials are proposing that President Reagan ease longstanding requirements on the hiring of minorities and women at companies holding federal contracts, sources say.
The proposal, which a source said resulted from a meeting of Reagan’s Cabinet Council on Domestic Policy, has not yet been presented to the president. It was not certain when Reagan would be asked to make a decision.
“Ifs something that’s been bandied about for four years,” said the source, who spoke only on condition of anonymity. “It happens apparently to be close to the point where it is ready to go to the president.”
This source noted there were “a half-dozen different varieties of proposed revisions" of Executive Order 11246, which was issued by President Lyndon Johnson in the mid-1960s to set numerical hiring, promotion and training rules.
The New York Times and The Washington Post, in today’s editions, quoted a draft version of the new-executive order as saying that under its provisions, a government contractor would not be required “to utilize any numerical quota, goal or ratio” to remedy discrimination based on race, sex. religion or national origin.
“Nor shall any government contractor or subcontractor be determined to have violated this order due to a failure to adopt or attain any statistical measures,” the document was quoted as saying.
Compliance would be judged by a company’s “demonstrated nondiscriminatory treatment of its employees and potential employees, irrespective of the number of minorities and women recruited, trained, hired or promoted by the contractor or subcontractor.”
White House spokesman Larry Speakes, who was in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Wednesday with the vacationing president, said of the proposed revision: “That is a month-old draft that has no standing whatsoever.
Speakes added: “It has not been discussed in the Cabinet council and certainly not presented to the president.”
The administration sought in vain during Reagan’s first four years to relax guidelines issued by the Labor Department which spell out to what extent firms holding government contracts are expected to advance equal employment opportunities.
But the proposed revision of the guidelines by the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs were never made final after a long period of internal administration debate and public comment period.
Executive Order 11246 sets up the framework and authority for a government-monitored affirmative action program to be required of businesses holding federal construction, service and supply contracts.
The regulations affect 73,000 private firms that employ an estimated 35 million workers.BrieflyMixed-race leader's home attacked
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Attackers hurled a hand grenade early today into the Cape Town home of a leader of the mixed-race I,abor Party, killing a 16-year-old family friend and injured the politician’s three sons, party officials said
Meanwhile, Winnie Mandela said in Cape Town after a special visit Wednesday to her jailed husband Nelson Mandela, the country’s top black leader, that he wanted President P W Botha to visit him in Pollsmoor Prison and get his direct views.”
Mandela, a leader of the outlawed African National Congress, ha> been in prison since 1964, after being convicted of plotting sabotage Mrs Mandela's visit followed the burning of tier home Tuesday in an attack that she has blamed on security forces Police have denied the accusation
The attack on the home of mixed-race politician Stanley Fisher was the third attack in recent months against leaders of the part> which has joined the white-led government
in a three-tier Parliament that includes Indians, but excludes the black majority.Pope beatifies slain nun, forgives killer
KINSHASA, Zaire <AP) — Pope John Paul II today beatified a Roman Catholic nun who was murdered in 1964 because she refused the sexual advances of an army colonel, and publicly forgave her killer.
Vatican officials had said John Paul would meet with her assailant, but instead the pope forgave him during an Assumption Day Mass in Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire.
I myself, in the name of the whole church, forgive hum with all my heart.” the pontiff said in remarks inserted at the last moment into his prepared homily The Assumption is the feast day commemorating the ascent of the Virgin Mary to heaven.Meese sees milestone in U S. Mexican relations
MEXICO (TTY (API - Justice officials in Mexico and the United States (lave reached a “milestone" in relations between the two nations in
Army dials overseas number for combat phone system
tries were strained after the Feb 7 abduction in Guadalajara of Camarena and a Mexican pilot who worked with him in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.Hijacking briefing fools officials
WASHINGTON (API In the nudst of a military buildup that has emphasized high-priced missiles, planes and ships, the Army is about to break new ground with a huge contract for a combat telephone sy stem to be built overseas The contract, worth $4 3 billion over the next five years, is expected to be awarded within the month And it already is guaranteed to become one of the single largest U S military orders ever placed with a foreign company Two teams of contractors have been formally competing for the contract since last year, when the Army decided to equip 25 divisions with a high-capacity communications system that would offer much more than simple two-way radio channels While both of the competing teams are headed by American firms, they are competing on behalf of sy stems already developed and fielded in Europe.
One team consists of the Plessey Co., a leading British electronics concern, which is offering a system known as Ptarmigan in partnership with the Rockwell International Corp and the ITT Corp ’Die other consists of Thomson-CSF, France's nationalized electronics giant, which is offering a system known as RITA in partnership with the GTE Corp.
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BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — An air force squad surrounded a Royal Nepal Airlines jet at the Bangkok airport today after air officials received a signal from the plane that they thought meant the plane had been hijacked, an air force officer said. However, no hijacking took place.
The pilot of the Boeing 737 flight, which originated in Katmandu, was showing the co-pilot what steps to take in the even of a hijacking, said Capt Wichakom Unrukmanee, head of the air force information department.
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