Nov 14, 2013

Ruling bloc may yield on state secrets bill

by Ayako Mie

Eager to see its state secrecy bill passed by the Lower House next week, the ruling coalition is showing signs of giving ground on the controversial legislation. The ruling bloc met with Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) on Wednesday to discuss several ...

Sep 25, 2013

Drop antidemocratic secrecy bill

A proposed bill aimed at protecting state secrets that the government deems vital to national security would strongly limit people's access to relevant information.

Aug 26, 2013

Secret leakers to press might avoid penalties

The government might not punish individuals who provide confidential government information to the news media when it drafts a bill to bolster the protection of national secrets, a government source said Sunday. The government is planning to submit the bill to the extraordinary Diet ...

Feb 10, 2013

Nuclear power and press freedom

Japan's plunge in a global ranking of press freedom is attributed solely to poor access to information on the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.