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2009 OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 2

JCP Chair Shii urges PM Hatoyama to act to fundamentally change policies
In the House of Representatives plenary session on October 29, Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo questioned Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio regarding the issues of peoplefs livelihoods, welfare services, agriculture, fiscal resources, and U.S. military bases in Okinawa.

A closer look at U.S. Futenma basefs erelocationf issue
The U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station is located in the center of Ginowan City, one of the largest cities in Okinawa with a population of 92,000. It occupies 25 percent of the cityfs land and has a 2,800-meter runway that is used by about 70 helicopters as well as mid-air refueling aircraft stationed there and aircraft coming from other U.S. bases. It is estimated that there are more than 45,000 take offs and landings at the base annually.

Law to help hepatitis patients must be established without delay
About 120 hepatitis patients die every day, but the Democratic Party of Japan-led government intends to postpone establishing a new law to help victims who were infected due to government negligence.



POLITICS

Ozawafs fundraiser makes his commitment to prohibit corporate donations doubtful
PM Hatoyama unable to have clear answer to key issues: Shii
JCP Chair Shii urges PM Hatoyama to act to fundamentally change policies
Government must act responsibly to meet urgent needs of the public: Ichida



U.S. FORCES
Cabinet members divided over U.S. Futenma base relocation
Okinawans protest against relocation of Futenma base within Okinawa
U.S. from beginning wanted a state-of-the-art base in Okinawa: Former official discloses
A closer look at U.S. Futenma basefs erelocationf issue



SDF
DM Kitazawa: MSDF mission may shift from anti-terrorism to anti-piracy



LABOR
Unionized workers demand government contractors to pay decent wages



WELL-BEING
Keep promise to abolish unjust medical system for elderly: JCP Koike to DPJ
Students urge education ministry to reduce their burden of tuitions
Law to help hepatitis patients must be established without delay
National university students seeking scholarships increase tenfold in 5 years
10,000 people with disabilities hold rally to demand abolition of eself-supportf law



MARX
JCP Fuwa lectures on Marx at Tokyo University

 



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