Dec 4, 2013

Ishiba validates secrecy bill fears

In his recent criticism of public demonstrations near the Diet building by those opposed to the secrecy bill, Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba validated concerns that the bill could be used to silence citizens who express certain political opinions or demands.

Nov 24, 2013

Information grab raises ire across the spectrum

Journalists, citizens’ groups and academics, among others, are growing increasingly vociferous in their opposition to the state secrets bill. The legislation is aimed at giving the government the unilateral right to keep information on defense, diplomacy and counterterrorism secret indefinitely. Even the Fukushima Prefectural ...

Secrecy bill dodges public debate

Nov 23, 2013

Secrecy bill dodges public debate

The government's rush to curtail public access to information and punish leakers of "special secrets" shows a worrying disregard for debate, a U.S. expert warns.

Nov 20, 2013

Kill the secrecy bill

The government's proposed amendments to its secrecy bill do not changed its basic undemocratic nature. It should be killed.