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2009 OCTOBER 7 - OCTOBER 13

U.S. used secret nuclear pact to pressure Japan to enable U.S. nuclear subs to pass through 5 Japanese straits
Declassified U.S. documents show that the United States had pressured Japan to exclude five Japanese straits, including Soya, Tsugaru, and Tsushima, from the enforcement of the 1977 Territorial Waters Act that extended Japanfs territorial water limit to 12 nautical miles from the three mile limit so that free passage of U.S. nuclear submarines would be secured.

JCP chair attends JA assembly for the first time
The Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives (JA-Zenchu) has for the first time invited a head of the Japanese Communist Party to its national assembly.

Issues involved in Yanba dam project
New land minister Maehara Seijifs announcement that the controversial Yanba dam construction project will be scrapped has unleashed a nationwide debate over whether the cancellation is appropriate.


POLITICS
DPJ Ozawa calls for reduction in Lower House committee seats
Government panel recommends abolishing minimum standards for public services provided by local governments
Representations made for state budgets assisting peoplefs livelihoods

U.S. FORCES
eRelocation of flight trainingf destroys residentsf peaceful lives Akahata editorial (excerpts)
U.S. used secret nuclear pact to pressure Japan to enable U.S. nuclear subs topass through 5 Japanese straits

SDF
63% of ASDFfs airlift in Iraq is U.S. force-related

AGRICULTURE
JCP chair attends JA assembly for the first time
Hokkaido prefecturel assembly adopts anti-FTA resolution

PEACE
Sit-in against new U.S. air base mark 2000th day in Okinawa
Obamafs Nobel Peace Prize will be earned when he realizes ea world without nuclear weaponsf: Gensuikyo Taka
Rally to celebrate 2000th sit-in against a U.S. military base

POVERTY
Number of households on welfare hits record high
More young people become homeless
Business practices taking advantage of growing poverty should be eradicated - Akahata editorial (excerpts)

EDUCATION
Education minister decides to end controversial academic achievement test

ENVIRONMENT
Issues involved in Yanba dam project
Yanba dam project must be scrapped
Scientists request the government to freeze introduction of plutonium-thermal power generation
JCP holds gathering to discuss Yanba dam construction

JAL
Why has Japan Airlines run into financial difficulty?

JCP
JCP to hold its 25th Congress on January 13-16

2009 OCTOBER 7 - OCTOBER 13

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