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2009 DECEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 8

Former Foreign Ministry official testifies to the existence of Japan-U.S. secret agreements
A former senior Foreign Ministry official on December 1 testified in court to the existence of Japan-U.S. secret agreements, adding that he had himself signed a secret pact that stipulated that Japan would pay the costs regarding the 1972 reversion of Okinawa to Japan.

Additional troop dispatch will only worsen Afghan situation
U.S. President Barack Obama has announced that the United States will send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan without showing any intention to solving the present problem.

Political flier distributor to appeal to international society concerning Japanfs judicial violation of human rights
A Buddhist monk found guilty of distributing political fliers at a residential complex has announced that he will take advantage of international treaties to disclose internationally Japanfs judicial violation of democracy and human rights.


POLITICS
Bill to freeze sale of state-owned Japan Post shares passed through Lower House
Postal stocks bill enacted
JCP stands out as the party of econstructive oppositionf in the Diet session
Full-time employment will help stimulate economy and ease poverty
Ruling parties will submit bill banning constitutional interpreters from speaking in the Diet


U.S. FORCES

Everyone knows Hatoyama promised to move Futenma base out of Japan- Akahata editorial (excerpts)
U.S. military refuses to hand over 4 children of U.S. servicemen allegedly involved in attempted murderv
JCP Shii urges Hatoyama to pursue closure of Futenma base without condition
JCP Shii and Kadena mayor agree on initiating a debate on Japan-U.S. Security Treaty
49 environmental groups demand new base plan at Henoko be scrapped
Symposium held in Okinawa for removal of U.S. Futenma base
Defense Academy chief makes gaffe in criticizing opponents of new U.S. base construction


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Former Foreign Ministry official testifies to the existence of Japan-U.S. secret agreements
Additional troop dispatch will only worsen Afghan situation - Akahata editorial (excerpts)


WELL-BEING
Law enacted to give relief to all plaintiffs in A-bomb disease lawsuits
Olympicmedalists oppose government budget-slashing measures in field of sports
Pianist Nakamura Hiroko and others protest cuts in budget for culture


HUMAN RIGHTS
Political flier distributor to appeal to international society concerning Japanfs judicial violation of human rights
Tokyo Bar Association criticizes Supreme Court decision over the right to distribute flyers
Citizens rally for right to distribute political fliers


JCP
Agriculture committee members have talks with JCP Dietmembers
JCP Chair Shii holds talks with visiting Cuban Foreign Minister Rodriguez




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