The drive was initially resisted by members of the business community who favoured cheaper and more compliant foreign labour and by local conservative forces
opposed to women taking up jobs in shops.
in Japan'' for sabotaging agreements reached between North Korea and Japan during Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to Pyongyang last September.
Their number is likely to go down as the labour ministry has launched a strong to reform the labour market and encourage the employment of Saudi men and women in various sectors despite occasional stiff opposition from conservative forces
Meanwhile, the KCNA report said, ''As long as the Japanese ultraright conservative forces
say they (the remains) are fake, we will demand their return, together with the results of the tests, in line with a request by her husband,'' the report said.
The plans are expected to draw strong criticism from opposition parties and conservative forces
, which have accused the government of supporting the inter-Korean business project run by Hyundai Asan Co.
Prior to that date, conservative forces
in the country had successfully argued that only two religious occasions - Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha should be celebrated.
Because Bush depended so heavily on conservative forces
in his re-election bid, it is possible that the administration will no longer be able to hold in check the tide of conservatism that has gained strength.
Such comments appear to be made out of consideration for conservative forces
that have accused President Kim of making too many concessions while receiving few reciprocal measures from the North.
Several conservative forces
have resisted attempts by the labour ministry to employ women in public places, including lingerie shops, arguing that women should be confined to their homes or that they should work only as teachers in all girls' schools.
The council, a government body composed of 12 Muslim jurists and lawyers that oversees elections and ensures the constitutionality of legislation, is considered to be a bastion of conservative forces
The labour ministry has taken far-reaching decisions to open up the labour market to Saudi women despite formidable social pressure by conservative forces
opposed to women taking up public jobs.
The sources said the major opposition Democratic Party of Japan will be unable to work out a unified stance on the bill because it contains cautious forces aligned with the Japan Teachers Union and conservative forces
favoring the amendment.