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2010 JUNE 16 - JUNE 22

Party capable of representing public interests:JCP election platform
The Japanese Communist Party on June 18 published its platform for the upcoming House of Councilors election calling for the political subservience to the U.S. and Japanese business circles to be ended and for citizens to be the key players.

Kan used to advocate withdrawal of U.S. Marines from Okinawa
In the past, when the Democratic Party of Japan was an opposition party, Kan Naoto, as DPJ leader, used to advocate the withdrawal of the U.S. Marines from Okinawa. However, as soon as he took office as prime minister, he said that the U.S. Marines are extremely important for Japan as a deterrent force and that he will carry out the Japan-U.S. agreement on the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Base within Okinawa.

Sumo association must root out illegal gambling and ties with gangsters
Gambling scandals are increasing in the world of sumo. Wrestler Kotomitsuki, with the second-highest rank of ozeki, has admitted to his involvement in illegal gambling on professional baseball games. It is a well-known fact that the large amount of money poured into gambling on baseball games is used as funds for crime syndicates. The Japan Sumo Association (JSA) must clean up any ties that may exist with organized crime syndicates.

174th ordinary Diet session closes, JCP prepares for Upper House election
Upper House closes without holding plenary session
Media fails to examine PM's change
Cabinet approval for SME Charter promoted by popular movements: JCP Koike

Consumption Tax
No need to raise tax to provide better nursing care: Koike
Ichida calls for establishing Ability-to-Pay tax system
There is no valid reason for increasing consumption tax: Shii
What is ecorporate tax'?

JCP proposes holding debates among party leaders
Election manifestos of DPJ, LDP, and Komei are almost carbon-copies
Party capable of representing public interests: JCP publishes election platform
Have big corporations fulfill their responsibility to protect environment: Kasai

U.S. military aircraft's sonic boom causes chickens to be trampled to death

Alliance of Subordination
SOFA, the Darkness - Part VI

Kan used to advocate withdrawal of U.S. Marines from Okinawa
Okinawan village hosting US base adopts ordinance to save endangered birds

NPT Review Conference President thanks JCP Shii
Hibakusha feel proud of playing key role at NPT conference

Law to provide benefits to former internees in Siberia enacted
2.85 million signatures calling for free education for private high school                 students submitted to the Education Ministry

Article 9 Association calls for pacifist Constitution to be fully respected

Sumo association must root out illegal gambling and ties with gangsters
Akahata editorial (excerpts)


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