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2006 FEBRUARY 15 - FEBRUARY 21 NEWS

SEIZE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW RESIDENTS' DETERMINATION
The Iwakuni referendum will have national significance in the sense that at stake is the defense of local autonomy and that it will represent local opposition to the U.S. military realignment plan. (MORE)

LET US MAKE 2006 SPRING STRUGGLE A FIRST STEP OF ADVANCE
This year's Spring Struggle takes on a new feature as trade unions of large corporations in the private sector are demanding wage increases for the first time in several years. (MORE)

ALL 5 JCP CANDIDATES WIN IN HINO CITY ASSEMBLY ELECTION
Amid a growing anger toward the municipal government that plans to force citizens to bear more "pains," JCP calls received favorable reactions from citizens. Even a citizens' volunteer circle emerged to support the JCP. (MORE)


U.S. MILITARY REALIGNMENT
Seize opportunity to show the unyielding determination of citizens -- Akahata editorial, February 16, 2006
* "Let's check 'Nay' association” formed: Iwakuni referendum on U.S. carrier-borne aircraft relocation (February 18, 2006)
* Rally held to block U.S. F-15 fighter jet relocation (February 20, 2006)
* Promise of stronger 'discipline' does not end U.S. military crimes (February 21, 2006)


ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
* Hidankyo calls for concerted application for recognition of Hibakusha with A-bomb related illnesses (February 16, 2006)
* For a Peaceful and Just Future Free of Nuclear Weapons and Wars -- Call for Participants in and Support for the 2006 World Conference against A & H Bombs (February 17, 2006)
* Foreign government representatives support Gensuikyo initiative (February 18, 2006)


IRAQ WAR
*Journalists and writers call on the public to continue to think of Iraq War - Japan P.E.N. Club (February 19, 2006)


U.S. BEEF
* Sloppy government inspections exposed (February 16, 2006)
* Japanese government agreed to continue U.S. beef import despite new BSE cases in U.S., JCP Dietmember reveals (February 16, 2006)
U.S. report on beef exports to Japan only aggravates public concern -- Akahata editorial, February 19, 2006


BUDGET
Stop wasteful spending -- Akahata editorial, February 17, 2006 (excerpts)
* JCP calls for reducing hardships by redrafting 2006 budget (February 21, 2006)
* Don't use tax money for U.S. Marine Corps relocation to Guam: JCP Kasai (February 21, 2006)


ENERGY
Halt pluthermal plan at Genkai N-power plant -- Akahata editorial, February 14, 2006 (excerpts)

BID RIGGING
* DA encouraged bid-rigging (February 15, 2006)


LABOR
* Merit-based pay system restrains wages (February 15, 2006)
* Construction workers claim their share of corporate profits (February 15, 2006)
* Labor Tribunal System to start in April (February 17, 2006)
Let us make 2006 Spring Struggle a first step of advance for trade union movement -- Akahata editorial, February 18, 2006


MEDIA
* Mass media is blindfolded- 'Mass Media Article 9 Association' criticized constitutional media coverage (February 17, 2006)


EDUCATION
* Stop 'structural reform' of education: Zenkyo convention (February 21, 2006)


ELECTION
* All 5 JCP candidates win in Hino City Assembly election (February 21, 2006)


JCP INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
* JCP Vice-Chair meets with Vietnamese Parliament Representative (February 15, 2006)
* Shii meets with China-Japan Friendship Association vice-president (February 17, 2006)
* JCP vice-chair talks with Greek embassy official (February 17, 2006)
* JCP meets with Tunisian ambassador (February 18, 2006)
* JCP donates earthquake relief money to Pakistan (February 21, 2006)
* Ogata meets with Qatari envoy (February 21, 2006)






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