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2008 DECEMBER 3- DECEMBER 9


JCP Chair Shii holds talks with Prime Minister Aso
Raising the urgent issue of temporary and fixed-term contract workers being laid off on short notice before the expiry of their contract term, Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo said to Prime Minister Aso Taro, gThe government should exercise its power to have the large corporations and business federations end these corporate practices immediately.h

Reject draft of WTO agriculture agreement
Warning that the latest World Trade Organization draft of an agreement on agriculture, if implemented, will have a catastrophic effect on Japanese agriculture, the progressive farmersf association and a coalition of organizations of farmers, workers, and consumers urged the government to reject it.

Urge Obama to fulfill promise to abolish nuclear weapons: Japan Gensuikyo
At a national meeting of the Japan Council against A & H Bombs (Japan Gensuikyo), Secretary General Taka Hiroshi said, gSome argue that a change might be brought by the next U.S. administration led by Barack Obama. But our movement should be a driving force to force change. Let us turn the possibility to move toward a nuclear-free world into a reality.h

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POLITICS
JCP Chair Shii holds talks with Prime Minister Aso
JCP Ichida says Aso Cabinet is at dead end

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JOB SECURITY
Labor minister promises to investigate Isuzufs illegal dismissals
Contingent workers at Isuzu Motors form a labor union
Shii submits to government an urgent plan to defend jobs and SMEs
Workers in rally call for fundamental revision of the Worker Dispatch Law
Union fights against IBM Japanfs 1,000 dismissal plan
Zenroren calls on government to secure jobs
Canon fires contingent workers while adding 280 billion yen in surplus funds

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LIVING CONDITIONS
New Japan Womenfs Association has day of action calling for life free of anxieties
Democratic organizations hold rally in front of the Diet
Large number of the elderly will likely lose health insurance under adversely revised system

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WTO
Reject draft of WTO agriculture agreement

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PACIFIC WAR
We must continue to question Japanfs historical mistake: war of aggression: Akahata editorial
Activists take to the streets for peace action marking 67th anniversary of Pacific War

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U.S. FORCES IN JAPAN
U.S. Marines on Okinawa training with Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles
U.S. Air Force conducts operation readiness exercise in Okinawa
U.S.F.J. makes another helicopter emergency landing
Yokosuka residents hold action against U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

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SDF
Residents foil ASDF Tsuiki base expansion plan
Residents demands that state pay damages for mental suffering caused by SDF shells
Tamogami question must be traced back to his appointment: Akahata editorial

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ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Japan-proposed U.N. resolution fails to focus on abolition of nuclear weapons: Akahata editorial
Urge Obama to fulfill promise to abolish nuclear weapons: Japan Gensuikyo

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INTERNATIONAL
Shii meets with Singaporean ambassador




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