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2008 JUNE 4 - JUNE 10


Can capitalism hold out?: Interview with JCP Chair Shii
Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo answered questions about various current issues, including the Ordinary Session of the Diet which is to end on June 15, gcapitalism in a no-way-out situation,h and what is behind the boom of Kobayashi Takijifs Kanikosen (The Factory Ship) in an interview on an Asahi Newstar Communication Satellite TV program.

JCP wins five seats in Okinawa assembly election
In the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly election on June 8, the Japanese Communist Party increased the number of its seats to five from three. By winning more than four seats, the JCP will have the right to introduce bills and question the governor at the plenary session of the prefectural assembly.

Government wants to send GSDF to Afghanistan
The government is laying the groundwork for sending a team to Afghanistan by mid-June to see if it is feasible to send Ground Self-Defense Force units to the country. Government officials revealed that the study team will consist of officials from the Foreign and Defense ministries.

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INTERVIEW WITH JCP CHAIR  SHII
Can capitalism hold out?: JCP Chair Shii answers questions on TV program

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SDF
Government wants to send GSDF to Afghanistan

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MEDICAL INSURANCE SYSTEM
Upper House begins discussing bill to repeal medical system for elderly
Opposition parties jointly call for abolition of new medical system
Upper House passes bill to abolish discriminatory health insurance system for the elderly

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FISCAL POLICY
Government panel proposal for next FY budget is far from reducing hardships: Akahata editorial

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GLOBAL WARMING
JCP Ichida calls for a renewable energy buyback system
Measures relying on business circles cannot stop global warming: JCP Ichida

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ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
101 municipal heads in Hokkaido sign petition urging G8 Summit to discuss abolition of nuclear weapons
Gensuikyo petitions Foreign Ministry for abolition of nuclear weapons to be taken up at G8 Summit

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HIBAKUSHA LAWSUITS
Government gives up fighting against court ruling in support of Hibakusha
Hidankyo urges government to revise A-bomb disease recognition criteria and certify all applicants

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LABOR
JCP votes against bill to ereformf government employees system

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AINU
Diet adopts resolution calling for Ainu to be recognized as indigenous people

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NATIONALITY
Top court grants children born to non-Japanese mothers Japanese citizenship

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QUAKE-PROOF SCHOOL BUIDINGS
Five parties to jointly submit bill to make schools quake resistant

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ELECTION
JCP wins five seats in Okinawa assembly election
JCP Ichida comments on Okinawafs prefectural assembly election results





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