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Secrets for the making

The government has adopted guidelines for implementing the state secrets law on Dec. 10, but the lack of an effective mechanism to prevent the arbitrary designation of information as a state secret threatens the very foundation of Japan's democracy.

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Knowing your nearest volcano

There seems to be a deep-seated reluctance on the part of Japan's tourism industry to highlight the dangers of volcanic eruptions, out of concern that such information could be bad for business. Japanese authorities could learn a thing or two from other countries about ...