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2008 MAY 21 - MAY27


Japan comes under fire at G8 environment ministersf meeting
Group of Eight environment ministers ended a three-day meeting on May 26 in Kobe without Japan putting forward any effective plan to take measures against global warming.


4 opposition parties submit bill together to revoke new medical system for elderly
JCP Secretariat Head Ichida Tadayoshi said, gThe medical system for the elderly aged 75 and over is a discriminatory system that is inhumane and unheard of in the world. It is very significant that the 4 opposition parties joined together to submit a motion to repeal the bill.h


JCP to publicize its policies to reform Japan and its stance on pros and cons of capitalism
gThe Japanese Communist Party will put in more effort to publicly discuss the type of future society that we are aiming forh while arguing for replacing the present framework of Liberal Democratic Party government policies,h JCP Chair Shii Kazuo stated at a news conference on May 22.

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U.S. FORCES IN JAPAN
U.S. ambassador urges Japan to boost its military spending
Japan takes over U.S. responsibility to pay 3 million yen to rape victim
Protesters shout eDonft turn Sukumo Port into a U.S. naval base!f
Stop early morning take offs by U.S. fighter jets at U.S. Kadena Air Base: JCP Akamine
Fire breaks out on U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier on its way to Yokosuka
Drunken U.S. soldier arrested at Narita Airport
Sit-in against U.S. base construction marks 1500th day
A U.S. marine arrested for breaking hospital window
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NEW SPACE POLICY
Bill paving way for use of space for military purposes enacted
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CORRUPTION
Former military equipment trader says he efelt pressuredf by ex-defense chief Kyuma
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GLOBAL WARMING
Japan comes under fire at G8 environment ministersf meeting
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MEDICAL SYSTEM
4 opposition parties submit bill together to revoke new medical system for elderly
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LABOR
McDonaldfs to pay overtime to managers from August
Toyota decides to review payments of QC allowance
Contingent workers in rally call for better working conditions
Excessively long overtime work has increased risks of karoshi in the last four years
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RICE IMPORT
JCP demands suspension of emandatoryf rice imports
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SICHUAN EARTHQUAKE
Japan is willing to provide additional assistance to quake-hit China: Foreign minister
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NANJING MASSACRE
Nanjing Massacre survivor wins libel suit
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AINU
Ainu rights advocates hold rally demanding recognition as indigenous people
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CRIME
Nagasaki mayor assassin sentenced to death
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JCP
JCP will commit itself to publicize its policies to reform Japan and its stance on pros and cons of capitalism: Shii
JCP Chair Shii meets with new Tunisian ambassador



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