2004 DECEMBER 8 - DECEMBER 14 NEWS
NEW 'NATIONAL DEFENSE PROGRAM OUTLINE'
The JCP strongly opposes the new defense program that changes the Self-Defense forces into military forces to be deployed in further violation of the constitutional principles of peace.
CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION IS IN BREACH OF PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY
The proposed outline for constitutional revision called for enhancing the Lower House's superiority over the Upper House, but the real issue here was that it took sides with an idea that would take the country back to the pre-war parliament system.
JCP MAKES REPRESENTATIONS TO PRIME MINISTER ON ABDUCTION TALKS
JCP Chair Shii Kazuo presented Prime Minister Koizumi with a statement requesting the government to demand that North Korea delegate an official who can be responsive to the resolution of the abduction issue to the talks with Japan.
* JCP criticizes new 'National Defense Program Outline' (December 11)
* Defense agency panel calls for readiness in line with U.S. preemptive attack strategy (December 8)
* Japan eases arms export ban (December 11)
* Metal fragment may have fallen off U.S. fighter jet (December 9)
* U.S. forces again breaks promise of no-use of civil airport in Okinawa (December 9)
* Japan and U.S. agree on handover of Okinawa's air traffic control to Japan (December 13)
* Rally held against planned deployment of U.S. Army 1st Corps Command to Zama (December 14)
Constitutional revision is in breach of parliamentary democracy -- Akahata editorial, December 14 (excerpts)
* Citizens gather to block extension of SDF dispatch (December 8)
* Prime minister discusses SDF prolonged Iraq mission with opposition leaders (December 10)
* JCP Shii urges P.M. Koizumi to withdraw SDF from Iraq (December 10)
* JCP: SDF must pull out of wartorn Iraq (December 14)
* Shii says North Korea is insincere by providing false material (December 9)
* JCP makes representations to the prime minister over Japan-North Korea talks on abductees (December 9)
* Chief Cabinet Secretary says government takes JCP proposal on talks with North Korea seriously (December 11)
An occasion for renewing determination to not go to war -- Akahata editorial, December 8
* Anti-war actions held on 63rd anniversary of start of Pacific War (December 9)
Hinomaru and Kimigayo
* More than 800 people support call for opposition to 'Hinomaru' and 'Kimigayo' compulsion on schools (December 10)
* Young workers organize themselves to improve working conditions (December 13)
* Young people hold a national rally for decent jobs and working conditions (December 14)
* Business leaders call for working hour regulations to be removed (December 14)
* JCP CC Chair Fuwa meets with U.S. professor of law (December 13)
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