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2008 OCTOBER 22 - OCTOBER 28


Shii calls for electoral verdict to be given on LDP-DPJ egrand coalitionf aimed at wrecking Constitution
Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo said that the Liberal Democratic Party and the Democratic Party of Japan have in essence formed a ggrand coalition aimed at wrecking the Constitutionh and stressed the need to frustrate them in their ambitions in the upcoming general election.

Declassified document reveals that Japan gave up primary right of jurisdiction over crimes committed by U.S. servicemen
This is the first official document to directly confirm the existence of such a secret agreement, although there have so far been various declassified documents that suggest the existence of such a document.

Toyota fires workers even while earning one trillion dollars in profit
Amid the deepening global financial crisis that has triggered an economic downturn, the socially disadvantaged are suffering most. At the worldfs leading automaker, Toyota Motor Corporation is firing a large number of fixed-term employees.

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POLITICS
True colors of DPJ: Akahata eCurrentf column
JCP chair called for electoral verdict to be given on LDP-DPJ egrand coalitionf aimed at wrecking Constitution
JCP chair questions prime ministerfs moral standards

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eANTI-TERRORISM LAWf
Ruling LDP continues to insist on assisting the U.S. war in Afghanistan

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U.S. FORCES IN JAPAN
Declassified minutes of discussion reveal that Japan gave up primary right of jurisdiction over crimes committed by U.S. servicemen
Airplane bound for Kadena Air Base bursts into flames after landing

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FINANCIAL CRISIS
Shii calls on government to give strong guidance to banks
Calls for a new order to deal with worldwide financial crisis: Akahata editorial

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ECONOMY
3,500 small business owners hold rally calling for change in politics
10 billionaires received tax breaks amounting to 18.3 billion yen in FY 2006
Raising consumption tax is suicidal for domestic demand: Akahata editorial (excerpts)

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TAINTED RICE
Agriculture Ministry instructed its local offices to make use of tainted imported rice as staple food

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NUCLEAR WEAPONS ABOLITION
Gensuikyofs call for a world free of nuclear weapons won wider support in U.S.

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GLOBAL WARMING
Japan must make earnest efforts to combat global warming: Akahata editorial

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SAFE BIRTH
JCP calls on Tokyo government to improve obstetrics system
JCP calls for government efforts for safe birth

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LABOR
Working women share experiences at annual national rally
Toyota fires workers even while earning 1 trillion dollars in profit

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RED PURGE
Federation of Bar Associations urges government and companies to give redress to Red Purge victims

 



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