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Issue #1720      February 24, 2016

Region Briefs

The Japanese people in Ie village and Kanagawa Prefecture recently protested against the US military entering their ports. Anti-nuke and peace organisations in Kanagawa demanded the US’s nuclear-powered submarine Texas leave Yokosuka base, and they oppose the US making the base a stronghold for aggression, claiming the US’s militaristic reaction escalates tensions in the region. The US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan docked at the base for radiation repairs last year, which consequently triggered public concern over safety. Ie village’s local assembly issued a statement to protest against the US transporting weapons and soldiers to the island for military exercises.

China’s State Council recently releases guidelines to improve its social support system, helping over 5.8 million people who are unable to support themselves. The people include senior citizens, minors under 16 and the disabled, as they often lack sources of income, care from families or ability to work. Two thirds of them now live at home alone. The improved system aims to solve problems for the people, providing basic daily needs and care services. Local governments are asked to pay more attention to the system, while developing volunteer services.

China’s State Council and the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee published another guideline to improve government openness at all levels. The guideline called for more public participation and transparency in decision-making process, listening to public opinion from media, experts and stakeholders, explaining policies, responding to public concerns and sharing official information through press conferences and websites.

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang last week visited the museum of former revolutionary prisoners in Hanoi. The museum was founded 10 years ago at Nam Trieu Commune and initiated by a former prisoner, Lam Van Bang. It is run by former revolutionary prisoners, educating younger generations about the country’s revolutionary traditions. The President met and sent gifts to former revolutionary prisoners, saying that they are the represent communist and revolutionary spirit.

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union will hold activities across the country to mark the Youth Month of March, according to the Union’s Central Committee. The event aims to educate young people about the Union’s role in nation building, defence and socio-economic development. The first week of the month will provide work advice to the youth, visiting factories and vocational training schools. The activities in the second week will be tree planting, raising awareness of climate change and environmental protection. The Union’s members will participate in social welfare activities, building houses and providing medicines for people in need. The Union will celebrate its 85th founding anniversary to conclude the month in the fourth week.

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