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2009 NOVEBER 3 - NOVEMBER 10

Four inconsistencies of DPJ-led government revealed: Shii
Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo says that Diet discussions have revealed four inconsistencies in the Democratic Party of Japan-led government which are contrary to citizensf expectations and which contradict previous DPJ statements.

35,000 people in rally urge government to protect jobs and livelihoods
About 35,000 people from across the country, including union workers, foreign workers, small business owners, farmers, pensioners, and students, on November 8 assembled in Tokyo to urge the coalition government to protect their jobs and livelihoods.

21,000 Okinawans hold protest rally against relocation of U.S. Marine Corps base within prefecture
About 21,000 Okinawans held a rally on November 8 in Ginowan City demanding the immediate closure of the dangerous U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station and opposing the plan to move it to Henoko to provide a state-of-the-art air base in Okinawa.



POLITICS
DPJ seeks change in constitutional interpretations on collective self-defense
Four inconsistencies of DPJ-led government revealed: Shii
DPJ must make public how Cabinet Secretariatfs esecret fundsf used
DPJ should respond to allegation of political donations - Akahata editorial



U.S. FORCES
Ichida criticizes prime minister for being irresponsible on Futenma
U.S. Marines starts live-shell firing drill at the foot of Mt. Fuji
Okinawans want unconditional removal of Futenma base: JCP Kasai
Anti-base activists petition U.S. embassy to give up plan to construct new base in Okinawa
Anti-base group sends letter to museums abroad pointing out dangers associated with U.S. helicopter base in Tokyofs art museum district
2,500 townspeople rally against U.S. Marine Corps Futenma base integration with U.S. Air Force Kadena base
Hit-and-run accident possibly caused by U.S. serviceman in Okinawa
21,000 Okinawans hold protest rally against relocation of U.S. Marine Corps      base within prefecture


LABOR
Monthly salaries decline for 16 consecutive months
Labor rights lawyers criticize opposition to tightening the use of temps
Unpaid overtime work increases in large corporations
Wage discrimination in JAL constitutes unfair labor practice: labor authority
Government must prohibit another round of massive cuts in contingent workers by auto manufacturers


WELL-BEING
Government tries to abolish additional benefits for households on welfare    assistance in exchange for free tuition
Welfare minister decides to deregulate minimum standards for size of childcare centers
35,000 people in rally urge government to protect jobs and livelihoods



ENVIRONMENT
Dangerous pluthermal reactor starts up



MARX
We live in times worth living: JCP Fuwa on Marx



RIGHTS
Japan bar association criticizes crackdown on distribution of political fliers
JCP Ichida calls for early establishment of law to give permanent foreign residents right to vote in local elections



FOOD
Farmers protest against Japan-U.S. FTA



JCP
JCP Shii talks with CPC Wang

 


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