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2008 MARCH 12 - MARCH 18

No respect for elderly, no future
At a House of Councilors Budget Committee meeting on March 14, Japanese Communist Party representative Koike Akira demanded that the new medical system that will put the elderly at a severe disadvantage be revoked.


Government must propose a BOJ governor candidate acceptable to opposition parties
Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo said, gSince the BOJ governorfs responsibility is to steer the nationfs monetary policy, the government should nominate a candidate who can be acceptable to opposition parties.h


Colombiafs cross-border attack into Ecuador
A week after Colombiafs cross-border attack into Ecuador, the tension that increased in the area subsided thanks to regional efforts to settle the matter diplomatically.

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HEALTHCARE
No respect for elderly, no future?JCP in Diet criticizes government
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BANK OF JAPAN GOVERNOR
Muto should not be appointed central bank governor: Akahata editorial
Government must propose a BOJ governor candidate acceptable to opposition parties: JCP Shii
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DEMOCRACY/HUMAN RIGHTS
High Court dismisses elementary school teachersf appeal over hoisting Hinomaru flag
Stop the illegal SDF surveillance of the public - Akahata editorial
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HIBAKUSHA
Hibakusha lobby the JCP chair for recognition of  having A-bomb related diseases
Hibakusha says they cannot accept new government standards for recognizing patients with diseases caused by A-bombing
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WASTEFUL SPENDING
Transport minister promises to stop research for 6 highway-bridges
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ARTICLE 9
More than half of Tosashimizu City population have signed call for defense of Article 9
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U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE
Six lawyersf groups together protest against U.S. crimes
Japanfs esympathy budgetsf include wages for bartenders at U.S. military bases
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LABOR
Large corporations are greedy
Workers, small business operators, and farmers stage protests against tax increases
Union members take action throughout the country in protest against unacceptably small wage increase offers
Flight attendants fight for their freedom of speech: Akahata eCurrentf column
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GLOBAL WARMING
Japan fails to drum up support for its proposal on global warming
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AGRICULTURE REVITALIZATION PLAN
JCP Chair Shii explains JCP agriculture revitalization plan to major agricultural organizations
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YOKOHAMA INCIDENT
Supreme Court dismisses appeal to clear five in eYokohama Incidentf
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TOKYO
Governor Ishihara should be held responsible for failure of ShinGinko Tokyo: JCP
Defective bank plan led to large amounts of bad loans
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INTERNATIONAL
Colombiafs cross-border attack into Ecuador: Akahata editorial (excerpts)
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JCP
JCP Chair Shii meets Vietnam National Assembly Chair Trong

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