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APRIL IS, 1963 

Transcription of remarks made by Japanese and 
World's Fair officials at the groundbreaking 
ceremony for the Japan Pavilion, New York 
World's Fair, Monday, April 15, 1963. 


[Chief of Protocol}: The first speaker is a man who 
through lifelong experience with projects similar to this 
World's Fair, is considered America's number-one expert 
in the realm of expositions. I give you my colleague, Mr. 
Allen Beach, director of International Exhibits for the 
World's Fair. 

ALLEN BEACH: Thank you Mr. Ambassador. Consul 
General Kanayama, Mr. Moses, Mr. Kanatomi, Mr. Ma- 

kita, Mr. Kimura, Mr. Fujise, distinguished guests, ladies 
and gentlemen, I would like to read a cable I received 
from Governor Poletti, vice president for the Interna- 
tional Division, who is today in Kuwait: "Please tell the 
members of the Japanese delegation and others participat- 
ing in the Japanese groundbreaking ceremony, that I am 
very sorry my travels prevent me from being present. The 
Japanese Pavilion at the New York World's Fair promises 
to be one of the finest exhibitions in our International 
Section, and you all have my sincerest congratulations/' 

May I add that some of the people Governor Poletti 
refers to are those members of the Japanese Consulate, 
the Japanese Exhibitors 1 Association in New York and 
JETRO with whom we have been working very closely 
at the Fair. Mr. Gates Davison of our International staff, 
and I, would like to thank Consul General Kanayama, 
Mr. Kanatomi of the Exhibitors' Association, and Mr. 
Fujise, director of the Trade Center. Also not to be for- 
gotten is the efficient and cooperative work done by Mr, 
Allen Chase, Commercial Attache of the American Em- 
bassy in Tokyo, and by Mr. Antonio de Grassi, Jr., of de 


Susumu Yoshida, Shinto Priest, performs the Shinto rites of purification upon the ground where the Japan Pavilion is to be built. 

1963 New York Worlds Fair 1964-1965 Corporation 

Staff members of the Japanese Exhibitors' Association with Robert Moses, Fair president, and Gates Davison of the Fair's 
International Exhibits staff. Front row: (left to right) Yoshiji Kanatorni, executive vice president; Robert Moses; Kiyoshi Makita, 
vice president; standing: Gates Davison; Herbert W. Newman, general counsel, the Thinking Corporation of New York; Nori 
Sinoto. president of the Thinking Corporation of New York. 


The first shovels of earth are lifted at the official groundbreaking for the Japan Pavilion. Left to right: Susumu Yoshida, Shinto 
Priest; Robert Moses, Fair president; Yoshiji Kanatomi, executive vice president of the Japanese Exhibitors Association; Mitsuo 
Kinnura, director of Japan External Trade Organization and Consul General Masahide Kanayama. 


Grass i and Associates, our official Fair representative in 

This fine team plus the other officials present here have 
brought the progress of the Japanese exhibition to this 
clay's eventful moment. We are all very grateful. 

In closing, I would like to speak a few words in Japa- 
nese, Please excuse my pronunciation, [Translation:] I 
have traveled to Japan many times in the past ten years. 
Until recently, I knew Tokyo better than I knew New 
York. I have worked on five of the annual trade fairs in 
Tokyo and Osaka, and through this work I came to love 
the people and customs of Japan. Now in the Japanese 
Pavilion at the New York World's Fair many people from 
all over the world will be able to enjoy Japan and after 
visiting the pavilion, will want to travel to Japan, 

Thank you for the fine cooperation and friendship you 
have given us, 

have been good because all these beautifully-gowned 
young ladies in front applauded vigorously. Our second 
speaker is an eminent representative of Japan. He has had 
a most distinguished career in the field of diplomacy. He 
is not only Consul General of Japan, but president of the 
highly important consular corps of seventy-four nations 

accredited to New York City. I am happy to introduce a 
very close personal friend of mine, the Honorable Masa- 
hide Kanayama. 

Thank you very much Ambassador. Mr. Moses, Mr, Beach, 
distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. This is a very 
happy day for me, as the representative of Japan in New 
York, to participate in the historic groundbreaking cere- 
monies for the Japan Pavilion in the forthcoming New- 
York World's Fair. I believe it significant that the Fair 
coincides with the 300th anniversary of the City of New 
York. Within this span of years, New York has become 
the hub of the world's cultural and economic life. This 
occasion brings to mind our previous participation in the 
1939-1940 New York World's Fair on this very same 
Flushing Meadow site. 

Now, after a quarter of a century, Japan is participat- 
ing in the Fair on a greater scale than the last time. It is 
all the more significant that this comes at a time when 
the relations between our two nations are closer than at 
any other time in history, I am confident that our partici- 
pation will long be remembered as one of the highlights 
in the history of Japanese-American friendship. The Jap- 
anese government and the private enterprises represent- 

Japanese wave motif and calligraphy "JAPAN* 

ing our country at the Fair are motivated by the sincere 
hope that our various exhibits will firmly demonstrate 
our faith and confidence in the Fair's theme — Peace 
Through Understanding. 

Our exhibit will feature both the traditional and con- 
temporary aspects of Japanese cultural and economic life 
in keeping with the theme as exemplified by the Uni- 
sphere, We have noted with great pride and appreciation 
the growing interest among Americans in all walks of 
life, in the diverse facets of Japanese life — all of which 
have contributed immensely to better understanding be- 
tween our two nations. I feel confident that the Fair will 
afford us a still greater opportunity to make our country 
known to the countless millions of visitors who will visit 
our pavilion. 

And now I would like to introduce to you the key men 
of the Japanese Exhibit: Mr. Yoshiji Kanatomi, executive 
vice president and Mr. Kiyoshi Makita, vice president of 
the Japanese Exhibitors 1 Association; Mr. Mitsuo Kimura, 
director of the Japan External Trade Organization ; Mr. 
Ejiro Fujise, executive director of the Japan Trade Center 
of New York. Thank you very much. 

sul General. Ladies and gentlemen, one of the greatest 

New Yorkers of all time is the president of the New 
York World's Fair Corporation 1964-1965. I give you 
the honorable Robert Moses. 

ROBERT MOSES: Consul General Kanayama, Messrs. 
Kanatomi, Makita, Kimura and Fujise. I come here to- 
day primarily to pay the respects of the officers and direc- 
tors of the Fair to those who have been before, and shall 
be again, a very great people. Yours is a formidable 
bastion of freedom which, since Admiral Perry and ex- 
tending through the stewardship of General Mac Arthur, 
has looked to the West for inspiration, and guarantees 
that inevitably in the long run, the Far East shall be free. 
The Japanese are an extraordinarily^ proud, courageous, 
ingenious and hard-working people. Day is dawning 
again over the Pacific. 

We are happy that you have space at the very center of 
the Fair for dramatic presentation of your ancient arts, 
and your finest modern wares. We welcome these and 
other evidences of your meteoric rise from utter prostra- 
tion to renewed respect, dignity, serenity, and world lead- 
ership. You will compete at Flushing Meadow in an 
atmosphere of friendship for the good opinion of the 
world, and by the end of 1965 you will surely have 
earned it. 





EIJIRO FUJISE, Executive Director, 
Japanese External Trade Organization 



YOSHJJI KANATOMI, Executive Director 

of the Japanese Exhibitors Association 

for the New York Worlds fair 1964-1965 Corp, 


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ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations 

ERWIN WITT, Comptroller 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section 

ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretory of the Corporation and 
Assistant to the President 

WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer 



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