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2009 NOVEBER 11 - NOVEMBER 17

Government's budget-slashing measures raise many questions: JCP Ichida
Commenting on the Democratic Party-led governmentfs budget-slashing measures to scrutinize the budget requests from government offices for the next fiscal year starting April 1, 2010, Japanese Communist Party Secretariat Head Ichida Tadayoshi criticized the screeners for avoiding moves to cut the most wasteful spending program.

New government cannot break away from traditional stance toward U.S.
One of the major pending questions between Japan and the U.S. is the grelocationh of the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma base in Ginowan City, Okinawa. The topic is a touchstone for the new Japanese coalition government to show whether it can break away from the course of the former government led by the Liberal Democratic and Komei parties, which had forced Okinawans to shoulder excessive U.S. base burdens and worked to perpetuate the bilateral military alliance.

40% of unemployed out of work for more than six months
A labor union survey of unemployed reveals that 40% have been out of work for more than six months and that they urgently need a new job.



POLITICS
Business leaders train new DPJ Dietmembers
Japanese and U.S. business leaders ignore public opinion
Why is DPJ hostile to Cabinet Legislation Bureau? - Akahata editorial (excerpts)
eYanba dam moneyf flowing back to LDP
Government's budget-slashing measures raise many questions: JCP Ichida


U.S. FORCES
Okinawans criticize Kanagawa governor
Kokuta emphasizes need to review SOFA and remove U.S. bases
Okinawans call on both governments to withdraw Futenma plan
Nov. 8 Rally organizers urge government to refuse hosting new U.S. base
Okinawans demand that U.S. forces hand over suspect in hit-and-run case before indictment
U.S. Marines fire 642 shells in live-fire drills
New government cannot break away from traditional stance toward U.S.
Donft turn its back on Okinawans wish to remove U.S. bases!
- Akahata editorial (excerpts)
Ginowan mayor calls on foreign minister to close Futenma base


LABOR
JCP in Diet urges Hatoyama to regulate contingent worker layoffs
40% of unemployed out of work for more than six months
Nurses working longer nightshifts
Small but advanced business managers/workers in rallies call for urgent relief measures
Fujitsu subsidiary cuts 2,000 full-time jobs in its factories


WELL-BEING
Welfare ministry intends to remove national safety standards at public childcare centers
Poverty rate for single-parent households is 54%
Shinfujin determined to further develop womenfs movement
Intractable disease patients hold rally in Tokyo against budget cuts
Medical practitioners demand that Tokyo keep 3 childrenfs hospitals open


RIGHTS
Call to strengthen movement demanding state compensation for victims of wartime suppression


JCP
JCP candidate reelected Koso Town mayor by large margin



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