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Japanese Officials Trying to Cancel Plans for Israeli Police to March in Expo-70

Japanese officialdom is trying, so far without success, to persuade Israel to cancel plans for four Tel Aviv policemen to march in the March 15 grand parade heralding the opening of Expo-70, Tokyo’s international fair. The Israeli policemen were invited to participate in the parade along with 280 traffic police from 51 countries. But furious protests have been lodged by seven Arab countries which are also participating, it was reported from Tokyo today. The Israelis responded to polite suggestions that the four policemen might like to get “sick” by insisting that an invitation is not revocable. The Japanese Government has been delicately balanced on a tightrope in the Mideast conflict. Friendly to Israel, it nevertheless does far more business with the Arab states.