Jul 28, 2014

Weak state secrets oversight

An expert panel's proposal to create at least two oversight bodies staffed by Japanese bureaucrats falls far short of what's needed to prevent the arbitrary designation of government information as state secrets.

Apr 23, 2014

Minutes of Cabinet meeting published for first time

For the first time in the body’s 129-year history, the minutes of a Cabinet meeting were published on Tuesday, in an apparent bid to counter accusations of secrecy. “We decided to disclose them in order to improve transparency and from the viewpoint of making ...

Jan 30, 2014

Calling Abe to account

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito should refrain from ramrodding their proposals through the Diet as they did with the state state secrets bill during the recent extradordinary Diet session.

Jan 29, 2014

Momii unfit to lead NHK

Recent remarks by new NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii on "comfort women" and NHK's duty to toe the government line show that his appointment was a mistake. He should resign or the NHK Board of Governors should remove him.

Jan 11, 2014

Perilous times for journalists

Given its recent enactment of the state secrets protection law, how soon will Japan start to appear on the annual lists of imprisoned journalists put out by the Committee to Protect Journalists?

Jan 7, 2014

LDP's secrecy law propaganda

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is rebutting newspaper articles that have criticized the recently enacted state secrets protection law. But its documented arguments are far from convincing.