New footage released of The Beatles’ 1966 visit to Japan

New Beatles footage released in Japan The footage shows scenes of intense police security when the Fab Four visited Japan to perform more than 55 years ago. Some included never-before-seen footage.

The video was released in July to a nonprofit organization that filed a disclosure request with the Metropolitan Police Department in 2015.

The faces of people other than The Beatles are blurred to protect their privacy.

The black-and-white, silent footage is approximately 35 minutes long. It shows extensive security measures implemented during the June 29-July 3, 1966 visit.

The footage shows checkpoints around Nippon Budokan, the concert venue, and a hotel where the members were staying. It also shows police boats patrolling the moats surrounding the arena.

The video also includes scenes from the final performance on the night of July 2nd that have never been released before. It shows the members waving as they leave the stage.

Omura Toru, who is well versed in the Beatles’ 1966 visit to Japan, says the footage of the final performance came as a surprise, as he felt there was no more footage available from that period and it’s worth checking out to study.

Regarding the obscured faces of fans and police officers, the head of the non-profit organization, Shinkai Satoshi, says that the fact that the police had to redact footage taken in 1966 shows us how outdated and globally inferior the Japanese information disclosure system is.

The video was published on YouTube.

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