Jun 9, 2014

Creeping Orwellian angst

Legislative attempts to criminalize the act of "conspiracy" to commit some crimes as well as other government moves are enough to cause anxiety that Japan may be inching toward an Orwellian society.

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.

Dec 8, 2013

Parties agree on necessity for secrets oversight panel

Several political parties Sunday agreed to hold talks to create a parliamentary panel to oversee the government’s designations of state secrets. The agreement came after the Diet passed controversial legislation late Friday night to toughen penalties against those leaking information designated as state secrets. ...

Nov 8, 2013

NSC and secrecy bills pose dangers

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy of "proactive pacifism" must be stopped before it destroys the Constitution's war-renouncing principle and Japan's traditional defense-only posture.