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2008 JULY 2 - JULY 8

Bush and Fukuda announce they will strengthen Japan-U.S. alliance
Prime Minister Fukuda Yasuo promised to promote cooperation between the two countries in gthe fight against terrorism,h the Iraq war, the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan, and missile defense.


Government spends 9 billion yen to fuel coalition warships in eanti-terrorf operations in Indian Ocean
Ignoring fishermenfs demands for direct financial assistance to cover rising fuel costs due to soaring oil prices, the Japanese government is squandering nine billion yen a year to provide fuel to U.S. warships involved in the so-called ganti-terrorismh missions in the Indian Ocean.


Government approves plan to tighten control of education
Japanese Communist Party Vice Chair Ishii Ikuko said, gThe eBasic Planf should be withdrawn because it breaches the fundamental right to autonomy of education and casts yet-open-minded children into a mold created by the state and because it puts forward a plan to slash the teaching staff by 10,000.h

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Japan-U.S. ALLIANCE

Fukuda-Bush talks
Bush and Fukuda announce they will strengthen Japan-U.S. alliance
Japan-U.S. alliance takes precedence over global warming issue

Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier
Peace organizations demand details of fire on U.S. nuclear powered aircraft carrier be disclosed

Japanfs cooperation with U.S. war
Government spends 9 billion yen to fuel coalition warships in eanti-terrorf operations in Indian Ocean

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G8 TOYAKO SUMMIT

Global warming
JCP urges government to do more to cut greenhouse gas emissions

NGOs
Challenge the G8 Summit: 5,000 people join peace walk
NGOs criticize Japanese government for its weak efforts to cut gas emissions

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EDUCATION
Government approves plan to tighten control of education
JCP holds talks regarding issue of high university tuitions
Students share experiences in activities calling for reduction of tuitions

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HEALTH CARE
90 percent of local governments subsidize 5 or more regular gynecologic checkups

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REPRESSION
Police charges JCP local assembly member of trespassing, another repression on the right to distribution of fliers by JCP

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LABOR
Workers sue American Airlines demanding their dismissals be retracted
Court says company is responsible for workerfs suicide caused by workplace bullying
24,000 workers committed suicide between 2004 and 2006
More workers are taking part in struggle to eradicate illegal labor practices

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CORPORATE WELFARE
TOYOTA enjoys tax break of 190 billion yen
JCP criticizes Osaka governorfs financial reconstruction plan at the cost of public well-being

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PEACE/ANTI-NUCLEAR MOVEMENT
Worldfs religious leaders call for nuclear weapons abolition
Gensuikyo prepares for 2008 World Conference

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JCP
JCP Vice Chair Ogata meets with Bolivian parliamentarian Salguero



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