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2009 MARCH 11 - MARCH 17


LDP and DPJ must come clean about acceptance of illegal donations
Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo said, gWe strongly demand that the LDP and DPJ take steps to investigate the allegations. There are many ways they can do so. The DPJ actually called for political donations from public works contractors to be banned in its election platform and submitted a bill to the Diet to this effect.h

JCP protests against sending MSDF destroyers to waters off Somalia
Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo said, gThe regulation of piratesf criminal activities should be a police responsibility. Japan should not dispatch its military units overseas, but provide financial and technical assistance to Somalia and its neighboring countries to help them tighten patrol activities in nearby areas. This is what the nations concerned want from Japan.h

136 unions established in last 4 months
Temporary workers, including those who were laid off, are joining existing unions or organizing their own unions in many parts of the country to struggle to win full-time regular positions, demand that their dismissals be revoked, and file complaints about employersf illegal labor practices with the labor bureaus.

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POLITICS
DPJ secretary-general says change of power should expedite discussion on constitutional revision

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G20
At issue is international effort to establish effective financial regulation: Akahata editorial

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ILLEGAL POLITICAL DONATIONS
DPJ leader broke partyfs pledge to ban corporate donations
Minister insists on his ignorance of edonations from Nishimatsuf
LDP and DPJ must come clean about acceptance of illegal donations
Political parties subsidized by government also receive corporate donations

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TAX
Nationwide actions held against tax increase

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SDF
SDF vessels have prepared for possible casualties in anti-piracy mission
JCP raps SDF deployment to Somalia for breaking the Constitution
Anti-piracy pretext must not justify sending SDF abroad: Akahata editorial
JCP protests against sending MSDF destroyers to waters off Somalia

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U.S. FORCES IN JAPAN
Guam legislature committee chair says decision to move U.S. Marines to Guam was made without listening to concerns of residents

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LABOR IN STRUGGLE
136 unions established in last 4 months
Overcome economic crisis through wage increase and job creation: Akahata editorial
Young workers stand up against Sony subsidiary

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AGRICULTRE
Corporate entry into agriculture will destroy regional farming: Akahata editorial
Government advisor calls for agricultural deregulation

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GREAT TOKYO AIR RAID
Survivors of Great Tokyo Raid in rally call for state compensation for victims

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EDUCATION
Take urgent measures so that all students can graduate high school: JCP





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