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2006 APRIL 5 - APRIL 11 NEWS

NAGO CITIZENS AND OKINAWANS SAY ‘WE WILL NEVER GIVE IN’
Residents of Nago City are infuriated by the agreement reached between the Defense Agency director general and the Nago mayor to construct a U.S. air base with two runways that will be bigger than initially planned. (MORE)

JCP CHAIR SHII DISCUSSES LATTER HALF OF DIET SESSION
JCP Chair Shii Kazuo said “At issue is the fact that the social gap is widening faster than ever under the Koizumi Cabinet but the prime minister neither apprehends the situation nor is willing to change it. The JCP will continue to call on the government to change its policy.” (MORE)

DPJ ELECTS NEW LEADER
Asked by reporters to comment on Ozawa’s election as the new DPJ leader, JCP Secretariat Head Ichida Tadayoshi said, “The DPJ is now called upon to become an opposition party that will confront the LDP government.” (MORE)



MILITARY REALIGNMENT
* Over 1,000 flights a day expected at U.S. Iwakuni base (April 5, 2006)
* U.S. Navy Aegis ship enters Akita port (April 5, 2006)
* Government to lift restrictions on U.S. flight exercises (April 6, 2006)
* Zama mayor: I’ll not accept new U.S. Army Corps command even if Japan and U.S. reach agreement (April 7, 2006)
* New U.S. training center will simulate scenarios on Japan-U.S. joint overseas operations: defense chief (April 7, 2006)
* Small town’s 1,200 people hold rally against moving in of U.S. military exercises (April 9, 2006)

Okinawa
* ‘We reject new U.S. military base’: Okinawa’s Ginoza villagers (April 5, 2006)
* Nago mayor accepts new U.S. air base plan with two runways (April 8, 2006)
* Okinawa City mayoral election affects outcome of U.S. bases realignment: Shii (April 8, 2006)
* Nago citizens and Okinawans protest at ‘agreement’ saying, ‘We will never give in’ (April 9, 2006)
‘Agreement’ on new U.S. air base in Nago will perpetuate Okinawans’ burdens - Akahata editorial (excerpts), April 9, 2006
* Okinawa governor rejects new U.S. base plan (April 9, 2006)
* JCP Ichida criticizes government’s new U.S. air base plan in Okinawa (April 11, 2006)
* Nago residents protest against base construction agreement (April 11, 2006)


POLITICS
* Third longest postwar cabinet under Koizumi has brought nothing but harm (April 6, 2006)
* JCP Chair Shii discusses latter half of Diet session (April 7, 2006)
* DPJ elects new leader (April 8, 2006)


CONSTITUTION
* We reject national referendum bill driven by constitutional revision advocates (April 7, 2006)
* Women public figures call for defense of Article 9 (April 9, 2006)


DEREGULATION
* JCP chair says review of exemption of newspapers from anti-monopoly law would lead to violating people’s right to know (April 5, 2006)
* JCP criticizes ‘market testing’ bill allowing credit card firms to collect national pension premiums (April 11, 2006)


TEXTBOOK
* Chief cabinet secretary says government apology for replacing ‘aggression’ with ‘advance’ was mistake (April 6, 2006)


ELECTION
* Progressive candidate puts up good fight in Kyoto gubernatorial election (April 11, 2006)


HEALTH
Shortage of maternity hospitals needs to be solved - Akahata editorial (excerpts), April 6, 2006
 

NUCLEAR WEAPONS ABOLITION
* All Tottori Prefecture’s municipalities declared nuclear-free (April 5, 2006)
* Hibakusha apply for recognition of their illness as A-bomb caused (April 7, 2006)


INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE
* Change in Venezuela encourages progressive Japanese people (April 8, 2006)





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