2003 AUGUST 27 - SEPTEMBER 2 NEWS
KOIZUMI'S CALL FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ANALYZED
Koizumi's open call can be seen as part of the historical attempt to create an environment making contempt for Article 9 becomes prevalent along with the demand that Japan exercise the right of collective self-defense.
MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAM BRINGS ARMS RACE FOR PREEMPTIVE ATTACK STRATEGY
Pressed by the U.S. president, Japan's prime minister pledged to "speed up the study" of Japan's participation in the MD program along with the dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces to Iraq.
JCP ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY PROPOSAL FOR JOB SECURITY
JCP Secretariat Head Ichida Tadayoshi says that by just ending unpaid overtime work to increase job availability, the unemployment rate will go down by 2.4 percent and gross domestic product will increase by 2.5 percent.
Stop the prime minister's open attack on constitutional principles of peace and democracy -- Akahata editorial, August 27
* Koizumi's open call for amendments to the Constitution analyzed (August 29)
* Prime Minister Koizumi on constitutional revision (August 27)
* Chronology: Domestic and foreign moves calling for constitutional amendments (August 27)
Missile defense program brings arms race for preemptive attack strategy -- Akahata editorial, August 28
U.S. FORCES IN JAPAN
* U.S. Navy to deploy state-of-the-art fighters to Atsugi Base (September 1)
* U.S. Air Force to establish new medical unit at Kadena (September 2)
* JCP Ichida criticizes government on SDF dispatch to Iraq (September 2)
Six-party talks marked a step forward toward peaceful resolution -- Akahata editorial, August 30
* Fishery workers protest against WTO negotiations for liberalizing trade in fishery products (August 28)
* JCP and DYLJ campaign for jobs for youth (September 1)
* JCP announces urgent proposal for job security (September 2)
* Women protest against ministers' contempt for women (August 29)
Government must comply with U.N. advice to redress heavy discrimination against women -- Akahata editorial, August 31 (excerpts)
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