Jun 3, 2014

Toothless secrecy oversight body

The ruling coalition's bill to set up a Diet committee to oversee government designations of "state secrets" needs drastic revision as it does not give the committee effective power to rectify classifications.

Feb 4, 2014

Abe's reactionary leadership

by Hugh Cortazzi

The Japanese government has so far failed to give meaningful reassurances about how the reactionary and potentially dangerous state secrets law, rammed through the Japanese Diet in December, will operate.

Jan 24, 2014

Limits of secrecy oversight panel

An expert council for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be able to serve as a minor check against the arbitrary application of the new state secrets law, but the the defects of the law will remain.

Dec 31, 2013

A year to become politically active

In 2014 the Japanese people risk having their rights to freedoms of the press, thought expression curtailed as a result of the state secrets protection bill that the Abe administration rushed through the Diet in December.

Nuclear plant security to be designated as state secret

Nov 9, 2013

Nuclear plant security to be designated as state secret

Information on the way Japan’s nuclear power plants are guarded by police and security officers will be designated as a state secret by a government-sponsored confidentiality bill, said Masako Mori, minister in charge of the legislation. “If we make public the security plans of ...