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2007 MAY 9 - MAY 15

Constitutional revision procedure bill forcibly enacted

JCP Chair Shii said, gOur struggle has entered a crucial stage. In order to form the unshakable majority of the public in opposition to an adverse revision of the Constitution, we will make the utmost efforts.h

 

JCP Shii criticizes Abe for making an offering to Yasukuni Shrine

gThe prime ministerfs action amounts to a government affirmation of Yasukuni Shrinefs political and ideological position. This is a grave problem and I strongly protest,h said Shii.

 

Bill to keep SDF in Iraq for 2 more years pushed through Lower House committee

JCP Akamine pointed out that the multinational forcesf occupation of Iraq which the ASDF is giving assistance to is running counter to Iraqfs reconstruction.


CONSTITUTION

- Abe makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine

- JCP Shii criticizes Abe for making an offering to Yasukuni Shrine

- LDP and Komei force through constitutional revision procedural bill through Upper House committee

- Shii criticizes ruling parties for ignoring public

- Ruling parties only listening to prime minister: How constitutional revision procedure bill passed

- Kakushinkon general meeting calls for blocking constitutional revision and improving living conditions

- Majority of local town residents signed petition in defense of Article 9: First municipality in Yamagata Pref.

- Constitutional revision procedure bill forcibly enacted

 


MILITARY

- Defense Minister shaping policy to turn Japan into a merchant of death --                 Akahata editorial

- eJapan-NATO cooperationf mentioned for the first time in Japan-U.S. statement

- 15,000 people encircle U.S. Kadena base

- Bill to keep SDF in Iraq for 2 more years pushed through Lower House                 committee

- U.S. night-landing practice at Atsugi base provokes residentsf resentment

 


WORLD CONFERENCE

- 2007 World Conference against A & H Bombs schedule adopted

 


ELECTION

- In Okinawa, JCP and Okinawa local party put up joint candidate in Upper House election

 


CORRUPTION

- Forestry Minister received 130 million yen in donations from public service corporations

- Ex chief cabinet secretary held guilty for hiding 100 million yen contribution

 


HEALTH

- Health insurance premiums will increase for lower-income elderly but decrease for rich elderly


ENVIRONMENT

- Take IPCC report seriously to prevent global warming! -- Akahata editorial

 


JCP

- Ogata attends Europe Day reception

- Ogata meets with Philippine NGO leaders

- Ogata meets with Cuban ambassador

- JCP Chair sends congratulatory message to East Timor President-elect Ramos-Horta

 

 




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