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The top U.N. human rights official urged Japan on Monday to heed public concerns raised at home and abroad over a bill to toughen penalties for leakers of state secrets.

“I would encourage the government and the legislature to hear national and international concerns,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navy Pillay told journalists in Geneva. Pillay said that two U.N. experts on freedom of expression and the right to health recently voiced serious concerns about the law for failing to live up to human rights standards.

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