Apr 9, 2016

Diet oversight of state secrets

The Diet boards trying to oversee the designation of state secrets under Shinzo Abe's new laws are running into significant problems — as expected.

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 ...