Jan 13, 2015

Launch secrecy oversight panels

The designation of some government information as "secret" continues as allowed under a new law, but the sole mechanism for overseeing the process has not been launched.

Jan 9, 2015

Ministries designated 382 secrets last year

Ministries and state agencies had named 382 subjects as secrets requiring protection under the new secrecy law as of the end of December, the government said Friday. Most of the items concerned defense and diplomacy. Of the total, the Defense Ministry listed 247 subjects ...

Public protest in Japan: Power to the people?

Dec 20, 2014

Public protest in Japan: Power to the people?

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“Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed.” — Article 21, Constitution of Japan “I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.” — Henry David Thoreau, ...

Dec 11, 2014

Worries about secrets law linger

As Japan's state secrets law finally takes effect a year after it was enacted, much of the concern that many people had about the legislation remains unaddressed.

Protesters vow to continue fight against secrecy law

Dec 6, 2014

Protesters vow to continue fight against secrecy law

Protesters against the contentious secrecy law enacted exactly a year ago vowed Saturday to continue fighting to have it scrapped, amid concern the legislation will undermine the public’s right to know. With the law that toughens penalties for leakers of state secrets set to ...