This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) Confirmation problems for Defense Secretary-designate John Tower discussed. Report introduced.
(DC: Bob Schieffer) Senator Armed Services Committee reported meeting with regard to Tower; Democratic Senator quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Preparations for burial of late Emperor Hirohito discussed. President Bush noted honored guest at funeral. Report introduced.
(Tokyo, Japan: Lesley Stahl) Impt. of Bush's attendance of funeral noted. Bush's problems (i.e., Defense Secretary-designate John Tower's troubled nom. and USSR general Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev's peace moves in Mideast) discussed. [White House spokesperson Marlin FITZWATER, Secretary of State James BAKER - comment on United States and USSR foreign policy in Mideast.] Bush noted getting acquainted with other world leaders while in Tokyo. [Japan scholar Martin WEINSTEIN - comments.] [FITZWATER - comments on jet lag.]
(Studio: DR; Charles Kuralt) Imperial funeral of Emperor Hirohito discussed; Emperor Taisho's funeral in 1927 recalled. Report introduced.
(Tokyo, Japan: Susan Spencer) Burial route & weather conds. discussed. Imperial gardeners shown arriving at palace; gardeners Ki Umoto and Shagai Kasunohara mentioned. Gardeners noted from village of Yamanuchi; scenes shown. [KASUNOHARA - (thru translator) comments on death of emperor; recalls Hirohito's order that Japan must surrender during World War II.] [UMOTO - (thru translator) remembers being taught that Hirohito was a god.] [MAN - (thru translator) comments on Hirohito.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Tokyo, Japan: Bob Simon) Relig. aspects of Emperor Hirohito's funeral discussed. Japanese religion of Shinto examined. [PRIEST - comments on religion] Japanese radicals noted wanting Hirohito's funeral to have no relig. overtones. Japan's military aggression during World War II recalled fueled by Shinto prayers. [Journalist Mitsuko SHIMOMURA - comments on relig.] General Doug. MacArthur recalled writing Shinto provision into Japan's constitution. Conservative opposition to omitting religion aspects of Hirohito's burial discussed. [Journalist Charmine KODA - comments on relig.] Only private parts of funeral noted to be religion
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Bob Schieffer) Senator Armed Services Committee reported likely to reject nom. of Defense Secretary-designate John Tower. [Senator Sam NUNN - expresses his concern with regard to Tower's alleged alcohol problem.] [Senators Robert DOLE, Ted STEVENS - say issue is partisan.] Senator reported voting on issue next week
(Studio: Dan Rather) Senator Fin. Committee reported recommending confirmation of Dr. Louis Sullivan for Health and Human Services secretary; details given, scenes shown. Sullivan noted asserting that he wants Supreme Court to overturn Roe versus Wade.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Chase Manhattan Bank reported raising prime lending rate; details given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Representative Don. Lukens reported indicted on misdemeanor charges for his alleged sexual involvement with minor; details given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev shown inspecting nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, USSR ; details of accident there recalled.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Islamic Jihad reported vowing to kill author Salman Rushdie for writing "The Satanic Verses"; details given. Terrorists reported releasing photograph of American hostages Alann Steen, Robert Polhill and Jesse Turner being held in Beirut, Lebanon.
(Studio: DR, Charles Kuralt) Various locations along burial route of late Emperor Hirohito shown and discussed. Village of Showa, Japan, featured; details given, scenes shown. [WOMAN - (thru translator) comments on her work.] Children shown singing. [Town planner Koji IGARAJI - (thru translator) comments on building of high school in 1926 and important of that event.] [Mrs. SUKAHARA - (thru translator) comments on her son's death during World War II.] Village economy noted forcing young people to move to cities.