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2008 MARCH 19 - MARCH 25


U.S. forces in Japan, including criminals, are privileged under Article 17 of SOFA
Article XVII of the SOFA that gives the U.S. military the right to exercise exclusive jurisdiction is in the background behind many U.S. servicemen committing crimes.


Stop the lawless Iraq War and end support for it
It is clear that Japanfs unconditional support for President Bushfs assertions was wrong. The need now is to end the war. The Japanese government must stop assisting in the lawless war. Thatfs the way to help to end the war.


Government responsible for lack of BOJ head
It is impossible to entrust a person, who lacks fiscal and social responsibility with the job of BOJ governor.

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U.S. FORCES IN JAPAN
Donft give U.S. forces exclusive right to areas within Japanese waters

U.S. forces in Japan, including criminals, are privileged under Article 17 of SOFA

End esympathy budgetf for U.S. military - Akahata editorial (excerpts)

6,000 people in Okinawa rally demand strict measures against crimes by U.S. servicemen violating human rights

Sex crime rate involving U.S. forces is extraordinarily high
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IRAQ WAR
Stop the lawless Iraq War and end support for it  -Akahata editorial
End war of aggression in Iraq immediately: 2,000 people rally in Tokyo
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BANK OF JAPAN
Government responsible for lack of BOJ head - Akahata editorial
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LABOR
Zenroren launches non-regular workersf national center
Isuzu in response to JCP says it will promote fixed-term workers to regular positions
Improve care workersf poor labor conditions: JCP Daimon
Aviation workers hold rally opposing plan to outsource cabin attendant jobs
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AGRICULTURE
JCP chair calls for nationwide discussion on ways to revitalize Japanese agriculture
Dairy farmers demand that Meiji Dairies return part of profits
Farmers take action to protect Japanese agriculture
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HEALTHCARE FOR ELDERLY

12,000 in Tokyo hold rally opposing new system excluding elderly from existing medical program
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[APPENDIX] Article XVII of Japan-U.S. Status of U.S. Forces Agreement



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