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2010 MAY 19 - MAY 25


PM announces keeping Futenma in Okinawa
Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio officially announced Okinawafs Henoko district as a site to shift the U.S. Futenma base to at a meeting with Okinawa Governor Nakaima Hirokazu. While pledging to move the Futenma base out of Okinawa in the House of Representatives election last summer, Hatoyama ended up returning to the decision made by the former government led by the Liberal Democratic and Komei parties. His announcement provoked fierce protests both inside and outside Okinawa.

Shii reports on his visit to the U.S.
Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo reported that in his eight-day visit to the U.S., the JCP delegation he led succeeded in conveying to the international society Japanese citizensf call for a world without nuclear weapons, and reiterating to the U.S. government that people in Okinawa as well as other parts of Japan demand a base-free Okinawa and a Japan-U.S. relationship based on an equal footing and friendship.

NTT workers, eRengo-affiliate union didnft speak for usf
gThe union didnft protect us at all.h gIs this really a workersf union?h Former contract workers of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation Hokkaido Branch (NTT East - Hokkaido) are raising this question concerning the NTT Trade Unionfs function.



POLITICS
JCP Sasaki criticizes ruling bloc for forcibly steering Diet
JCP Kasai urges govft to agree on roadmap to ban N-arms
High-sea inspections of N-Korean ships create more tensions
JCP Kokuta says Diet must summon Ozawa



U.S. FORCES
Alliance of Subordination
SOFA, the Darkness - Part II
Okinawa
JCP Koike: Hatoyamafs betrayal is an insult
PM announces keeping Futenma in Okinawa



LABOR
Workers sit in to demand a change in law to protect temps
Rengo-affiliate NTT union does not speak for workers
JCP publishes proposals to make government bill effective in protecting temps
Bill to revise the Worker Dispatch Law should be thoroughly discussed: Zenroren



WELL-BEING
JCP holds symposium on solving issue of children waiting to enter child-care center
Elderly citizens fight to have livelihood protection benefit reinstated



ENVIRONMENT
JCP calls for drastic amendment to government bill to tackle climate change



AGRICULTURE
Minister promises flexible financial support for farmers affected by foot-and-mouth outbreak



JUSTICE
Court orders state to pay damages for asbestos exposure
Court drops Chinese victimsf claim over poison gas leak



JCP
Shii on the sinking of a South Korean patrol boat
JCP Kasai attends North Korean residentsf association annual meeting
US tour
Shii: A-bombed Japan must clearly support progress in NPT Review Conference
Shii speaks at Foreign Correspondentsf Club
Shii reports on his visit to the U.S.



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