Dispatching SDF to fulfill a promise to the United States is tantamount to committing a major crime -- Akahata editorial, February 4
2004 FEBRUARY 4 - FEBRUARY 10 NEWS
DISPATCHING SDF TO FULFILL A PROMISE TO U.S. IS A CRIME
The Japan-U.S. Security Treaty cannot be used to justify SDF dispatches to foreign countries at war because it is supposed to serve "Japan's defense".
DENTAL ASSOCIATION'S POLITICAL ARM IN CORRUPT RELATIONSHIP WITH RULING PARTY
The JDF in 1998 borrowed money from major banks to give the LDP about 800 million yen in the name of party dues for 220,000 LDP members, Akahata reported.
CITIZEN-JUDGE SYSTEM WILL BE EFFECTIVE IF IT REFLECTS PEOPLE'S GOOD SENSE
Akahata's editorial said citizen participation is very significant and the need now is to develop a system that gives citizen-judges a substantive role to play.
Dispatch of GSDF
* Ground SDF core unit leaves for Samawah
* JCP questions granting Japanese troops in Iraq immunity from legal action
* LDP and Komei in Upper House use their majority to get SDF dispatch to Iraq approved
* Defense agency chief admits existence of Iraq-related internal document
* DA tells arms company to keep mouth shut concerning its engineers going to Iraq
* Koizumi's continued support for Iraq War is extraordinary
Koizumi remarks under fire
* Koizumi's de facto rejection of a student's petition angers the public
* E-mails keep arriving in support of a high school student's peace action
People are not prime minister's subordinates -- Akahata editorial, February 7
* 10,000 people holding 'lights of peace' converge on Defense Agency
* P.E.N. Club assembles to protest against SDF dispatch
* Anti-dispatch movement warms up in Hokkaido
* Japan Dental Association's political arm deepens corrupt relationship with ruling party
* Political arm of dental association has donated to LDP, DPJ, and Komei politicians 2.1 billion yen
* JCP urges government to stop U.S. NLP
PRODUCERS AND TRADERS
* Small enterprises stage demonstration to defend their businesses
Citizen-judge system will be effective if it reflects people's good sense -- Akahata editorial, February 5
* Forced overtime work is increasing at post office modeled after Toyota
* Japanese anti-nuclear movement to increase efforts to make 2005 a milestone toward a world without nuclear weapons or war
* Bill enacted to allow measures to be taken against North Korea
* Democratic independent candidate gets 40 percent in Kyoto mayoral election
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