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2008 APRIL 2 - APRIL 8

Constitutional revision advocates taking offensive on two fronts
Several political groups advocating revision of the Constitution are planning to hold rallies to get the Diet to begin discussing a draft and to launch a campaign to heighten the public awareness of the need to revise the Constitution.

Government can no longer put absolute trust in Japan-U.S. alliance
The string of serious crimes committed by U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan testify to the Japan-U.S. alliance constituting the biggest threat to the safety of Japanese citizens.

JCP calls for peaceful resolution of Tibet question
In order to prevent a further exacerbation of the situation, we call for a dialogue between the Chinese government and representatives of the Dalai Lama aimed at finding a peaceful resolution to the Tibet question.

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CONSTITUTION
Constitutional revision advocates taking offensive on two fronts
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U.S. FORCES IN JAPAN
Government can no longer put absolute trust in Japan-U.S. allianceAkahata, editorial (excerpts)
U.S. bases have 10 golf courses in Japan
Police question U.S. sailor 11 days after he was taken into custody
U.S. Navy sailor arrested on suspicion of taxi driverfs murder in Yokosuka
Ruling parties railroad through esympathy budgetf for U.S. military
U.S. military police officer questioned by Okinawa police concerning taxi robbery
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CONSUMPTION TAX
Nationwide day of anti-tax action marks 20th anniversary of consumption tax
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HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ELDERLY
JCP takes to streets against new health insurance system for elderly aged 75 and over
560 local assemblies challenge new medical-care system for elderly
4 opposition parties join together to repeal health insurance program                intimidating elderly
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LABOR
Labor Standards Inspection Office recognizes Toshiba workerfs suicide as work-related
Transportation ministry revises the guideline to restrict the outsourcing of cabin attendants
Child care center non-full-time staff reinstated
Female regular workers reduced to 47%
Postal workersf union wages nationwide action demanding revision of privatization of postal service
Union fighting against illegal dismissals of temps at NTT
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GLOBAL WARMING
JCP urges government to support setting national greenhouse gas emission targets
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NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
Active faults run directly beneath N-power plants in Japan
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HIBAKUSHA
Health ministry applies new standards for recognizing A-bomb related diseases
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YASUKUNI
No theater will show eYasukunif film due to right-wing pressure: Akahata editorial
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EDUCATION
Citizens call for nationwide academic test to be cancelled
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PUBLIC BROADCASTER
Government requests NHK international broadcaster to pay attention to abduction issue
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TIBET
JCP calls for peaceful resolution of Tibet question
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JCP INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES
JCP representatives attend congresses of Indiafs CPI and CPI-M

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