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2008 JULY 16 - JULY 22


Prefecture assembly resolution against new U.S. base rightly represents Okinawansf will
As stated by the assembly resolution, Okinawans are opposed to the new base construction because the residents will be forced to shoulder more burdens and the construction will lead to perpetuating the presence of the U.S. military base.

Deregulation in agriculture is ruining the country by abandoning small family farmers
gStructural reformh in agriculture is aimed at opening Japanfs agriculture and farmland to joint stock companies in order to quickly promote large-scale farming while destroying family farmers who have been the main players in the nationfs agriculture.

Withdrawal of U.S. forces is just the key to resolve Iraq issue
The Japanese government is exploring the possibility of signing a SOFA with Iraq in order to continue dispatching the Air Self-Defense Force to meet U.S. requests. Further dispatch of the ASDF will only hamper peace in Iraq.

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U.S. FORCES IN JAPAN
High Court orders government to pay 190 million yen in Yokota noise suit
Six opposition parties jointly submit resolution against new U.S. base construction
Prefecture assembly resolution against new U.S. base rightly represents Okinawansf will: Akahata editorial
Japan must say eYes, we canf to the U.S. -- former U.S. official
Former deputy commander of U.S.-led multinational forces in Iraq assigned to be U.S. Army commander in Japan

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IRAQ WAR
Withdrawal of U.S. forces is just the key to resolve Iraq issue: Akahata Editorial

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DEFENSE MINISTRY
Government panel calls for revision of civilian control of SDF

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AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES
200,000 boats stop fishing to call for steps to cover losses due to high oil prices
JCP lawmakers meet with the fisheries association
Deregulation in agriculture is ruining the country by abandoning small family farmers: Akahata editorial

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CONSUMPTION TAX
Results of public opinion survey show anti-consumption tax rate hike in majority

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CONSUMER ADMINISTRATION
Administration of consumer affairs should be devoted to protection of consumers: Akahata Editorial (Excerpts)

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SOCIAL SERVICES
Fukudafs plan to cut back expenditure on social services draws criticism
Government plans to cut 115,000 beds at health facilities for recuperation

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Prosecutors drop case of JCP assembly memberfs flyer distribution

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LABOR
Many government employees fear they might die from overwork
Death of a non-regular restaurant manager recognized as eKaroshif

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TOKYO
Construction of new Tokyo tower starts





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