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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - January 29, 1983, Tokyo, JapanSaturday january 29. 1983 Pacific stars and stripes so 3 it or ends meet in 33.5-mile sea Tunnel compiled from wire services Tokyo a blast of dynamite thursday completed the Shaft of the world s longest Tunnel a 33.5-Milelink under the Tsu Garu Strait that will take two More years to Complete. Prime minister Yasuhiro Naka Sone pushed a Button at his Resi Dence in Tokyo to set off the dynamite which Tore away the last 39 inches of Rock Wall that had separated the two halves of the Shaft. Workers who had toiled Day an night on the project shouted ban Zai Long life and jubilantly Shook hands with one another officials at the site said. The seikan railway Tunnel which at places dips to 328 feet beneath the surface of the Strait will Lin Japan s main Island of Honshu with the Northern Island of hokkaido which japanese officials regard As a key strategic area because of it proximity to soviet Siberia. The Tunnel has been under construction for 19 years will Cost $2.24 billion and has claimed the lives of 33 men a spokesman for the Japan railway construction . The Tunnel originally was de signed for the High Speed Shink Ansen Bullet train. Plans to service to hokkaido from the Northern Honshu City of Morioka have been shelved How Ever because of a financial crisis inthe Japan National railways. The state operated railway is losing about $4.22 billion a year. A Shink Ansen to hokkaido Wouldhave reduced rail travel time Between Tokyo and hokkaido s Capi Tal of Sapporo from the present 16 hours 50 minutes including ferry passage to five hours 40 minutes. , Japan s largest state is mostly undeveloped. A Shink Ansen link also was expected to contribute to economic development and take pressure off congested Urban reason the three other main japanese islands where growth is approach ing physical limits. The seikan is the second under workers raise their arms and shout Banzai Long Wall of the world s longest seikan undersea railway life following the blast of the last 39 inches of Rock Tunnel. Up sea Tunnel to link japanese Mai islands. The 2.5-mile Kamwoon Tunnel Between Honshu and Southern Kyushu was completed in 1942. Bridge construction is under Wayon the Inland sea to link Honshu and Shikoku Japan s smallest main Island. The idea for the seikan Tunnel was put Forth by Imperial army which dreamed of linking Al japanese islands with tunnels. Korea then under japanese colonial Rule and the japanese held half of Sakhalin in Siberia were to be included. Sakhalin was returned to the soviet Union after Japan s surrendering world War ii. After the War the seikan Tunnel project was Given impetus by one of Japan s worst ferry accidents. Ferry Sank in the Choppy typhoon battered Tsu Garu Strait in 1954,killing 1,155 people. Controversy flares Over sexy Manila film test compiled from wire services Manila a controversy has erupted Over the Public showing of some of the sexiest entries in the Manila film festival with the government on one Side of the Issue and the roman Catholic Church on the Jaime l. Sin accused the government of threatening the morals of youth by allowing Manila movie houses to show uncut versions of festival films with sex , sexy movies Are censored by a government review Board before being allowed to go but film festival officials said that if the government censored festival films this second annual festival would become a laugh lady Imelda Marcos the festival founder asked All of Manila s first run Heaters to show festival entries in order to generate funds for staging the festival the government funds for which were withdrawn a month ago. The government has tightened its Belt in the face of stagnant National Economy. Mrs. Marcos Labelling it a festival for cause announced that profits from the local Heaters would go to the theater owners started showing the films thursday nearly All were offering uncensored sexy movies. Only a handful scheduled general audience films which make up the bulk of festival entries. Sin the archbishop of Manila asked president Ferdinand e. Marcos to Post soldiers or policemen at Heaters to keep teen agers from seeing the banned filipino films starring 16-year-old Pepsi Paloma subject of a controversial rape Case Are being shown As Heaters take advantage of the relaxed censorship during the festival. Government film review Board had outlawed both films some time also reported that sexy portions that had been ordered Cut from several philippine made films have been restored for showing during the Marcos said he did not know that previously banned philippine sex films were being shown As part of the festival. He said he would look into it s about time that we taught some people a lesson. I suppose we d better Start arresting som people Marcos said. Manila s Low theater admission prices have been More than doubled for the festival. Normal admission at first run Heaters ranges from 59cents to 81 cents among the lowest in the world. Nearly 300 movies Are being shown during the festival with More than 60 countries participating. In addition to being shown at Manila s Public Heaters films Are being screened at several Heaters in the $25 million film festival Center Anda nearby government convention Complex. The 12-Day extravaganza began , speaking to a credit managers group at a hotel near the film festival site said he is Happy that crippled people will be helped by festival at what Price he asked. It could be at the Cost of seeing an entire generation becoming morally the Cardinal noted that president Marco strengthened the film review Board and banned prurient movies after a wave of pornographic films engulfed the Philippines in 1966. Sin said Public showing of sexy film festival entries represents a turnabout in government policy. It will lose much More because the government will lose its credibility he said. It must now stand accused of sacrificing principle son the altar of monetary festival director general John j. Litton Wenton National television to try to counter sin s criticism saying that the showing of films in their original versions is a Long time tradition in film festivals. If we censor these films the Philippines willbe the laughingstock of any festival and the rest of the world he said. In Russia there is no censorship of festival films. Are we going to say now that we Are stricter than Russia this year government financial support of the film festival was dropped because of pressure bythe world Bank and International monetary fund which considered the event a frivolous undertaking. With foreign debts totalling $15.3 billion Bankers Are worried the Philippines will be unable to pay Loans. Export earnings Are Down due to a slump in the prices of Coconut Copper and sugar the main source of foreign Exchange

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