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2008 APRIL 30 - MAY 13

Shii, Hu agree to further strengthen JCP-CPC ties
Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo and Chinese President Hu Jintao held talks on May 7 in Tokyo, and confirmed their willingness to further strengthen relations between the JCP and the Communist Party of China.

Extension of earmarked revenue for road construction is outrageous: JCP Ichida
In the House of Representatives Plenary Session on May 13, the ruling parties used their two-thirds majority to override a House of Councilors decision and enact the bill to maintain tax revenues to be used for road construction for the next 10 years.

IHI subcontractor apologizes to workers and secures their jobs
At Tokyo Engineering Co. (TEC), a subcontractor of Japanfs major military and machinery maker IHI Corporation, workers won an apology and secured their jobs after a struggle against the companyfs closing and dismissal of all workers that was carried out with the aim of making IHI affiliates union-free.

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CONSTITUTION
Rallies and demonstrations held to celebrate the Constitutionfs 61st year
Advocates of constitutional revision irritated by increasing pacifism
22,000 people attend eGlobal Article 9 Conferencef
Hawkish lawmakers discuss permanent overseas deployment of SDF
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U.S. FORCES
B-52 demo flight cancelled
Several thousand USFJ soldiers redeployed temporarily to Iraq and Afghanistan each year
U.S. Marines arrested for trespassing
Japanese employees with no X-ray license urged to work at U.S. Yokota Air Base

Yokosuka referendum
City Assembly to discuss referendum over plan to deploy U.S. nuclear-powered carrier to Yokosuka
Yokosuka residents in rally urge city to hold referendum on planned deployment U.S. nuclear carrier
Yokosuka City legislature must embrace residentsf demand for referendum: Akahata Editorial (excerpts)
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IRAQ WAR
Take U.S. forces out of Iraq to achieve peace: Akahata editorial
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SELF-DEFENSE FORCES
Court recognition of SDF dispatch to Iraq as unconstitutional established
Air SDF secretly studied about emilitary tribunalf to be established before constitutional revision
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JAPAN-CHINA RELATIONS
Shii, Hu agree to further strengthen JCP-CPC ties
Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda and Chinese President Hu issue joint statement
JCP chair welcomes Japan-China Joint Statement
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ARMS RACE IN SPACE
LDP, Komei, DPJ together seek legislation to promote use of space for military purposes
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TAXES
Temporaryf tax on gas resumed; ruling bloc rams through related bills
Upper House rejects bill to continue to use gasoline and other road tax revenue
Extension of earmarked revenue for road construction is outrageous: JCP Ichida
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LABOR IN STRUGGLE
IHI subcontractor apologizes to workers and secures their jobs
May Day rallies take place at 357 locations across Japan
Unionized non-regular workers receive full-time position

Youth
Fuwa sends message to younger generations
Students and young workers carry out street actions calling for establishment of work rules
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STRUGGLE FOR LIFE
JCP calls for united effort to abolish new medical system
Plaintiffs, lawyers, supporters resolve victory in eright to lifef lawsuits
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ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS
50th anti-nuclear peace march starts



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