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2008 DECEMBER 17- DECEMBER 22

JCP Chair Shii requests that Keidanren urge its member companies to stop massive job cuts
Amid the ongoing massive dismissals of contingent workers, Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo met with a senior managing director of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) to request that the business organization urge its member companies to cancel their massive job cut plans.

Finance Ministry budget plan does nothing to ease public anxieties
The need now is for the budget compilation, as presented by the JCP gproposal for emergency economic measuresh, to prevent the burden of the failure of gcasino capitalismh from being shifted onto workers, small businesses, and the general public; support peoplefs livelihoods; and increase domestic demand instead of depending on foreign demand in order to restructure the Japanese economy.

Stop U.S. low-flight exercises in Japan
Sonic booms from low-altitude flight training exercises conducted by U.S. military aircraft are disturbing residents across Japan and causing growing concerns about possible plane crashes.

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STRUGGLE FOR JOBS
Unionists in rally urge Keidanren to secure employment
Two temporary workers at Mitsubishi Fuso join labor union to oppose dismissal notice
Keidanren report calls for wage restraint and goes against best way to rebuild Japanfs economy
Shii requests that Keidanren urge its member companies to stop massive job cuts
Large corporations should cancel massive dismissals of temporary and fixed-term contract workers and fulfill their social responsibilities: JCP statement to Nippon Keidanren

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BUDGET
Finance Ministry budget plan does nothing to ease public anxieties
Finance Ministry proposes 3.5-fold budget increase to pay for U.S. military realignment in Japan
4.7 billion yen claimed as cost to prepare constitutional revision
High school students participate in sit-in demanding increase in education budget

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CHILDCARE
Stop government ereformf of childcare services: Akahata Editorial (excerpts)

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SDF
Air SDF personnel visited Class-A war criminalsf tomb

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U.S. FORCES IN JAPAN
JCP in Diet demands that government urge U.S. forces to end live-fire exercise in order to protect residents from stray bullets
Okinawa legislature unanimously demands immediate halt to live-fire drills
Stop U.S. low-flight exercises in Japan: Akahata editorial

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POLITICS
Political parties (except JCP) receive 32 billion yen in government subsidies
LDP, DPJ, and Komei party members of Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly wasted tax money on estudy toursf abroad

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ENVIRONMENT
Okinawan Prefectural Assembly amends environmental ordinance to allow authorities to enter U.S. bases for investigation of pollution




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