Skepticism engulfs secrecy bill

Nov 30, 2013

Skepticism engulfs secrecy bill

As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government rammed the controversial state secrecy bill through the Lower House last week, what seemed to become evident is that even his Cabinet ministers lack a coherent understanding of the content, breeding even more skepticism among the public. Abe ...

Ruling bloc rams secrets bill through Lower House

Nov 26, 2013

Ruling bloc rams secrets bill through Lower House

The ruling coalition forced its contentious state secrets bill through the Lower House on Tuesday evening amid calls from all but one of the opposition forces for further deliberations on its provisions. The bill was immediately sent to the Upper House after the ruling ...

Nov 21, 2013

Ruling camp fends off rewrite of secrets bill

The ruling bloc keeps its contentious state secrets bill intact though it gives the appearance of compromising with Nippon Ishin no Kai to attach minor requirements on government bodies seeking to classify information.

Nov 19, 2013

Ruling bloc may yield a bit on state secrets bill

The Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling bloc is wooing the opposition camp this week to reach common ground on the contentious state secrets bill that the administration hopes the Lower House passed by Friday. The main focus of the discussions is how to introduce ...