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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a news conference on Dec. 9 — three days after his Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner New Komeito enacted the state secrets law in the Upper House’s plenary session (night of Dec. 6) — that he will explain in detail the law in order to assuage people’s fears about it. The law is to be promulgated today.

He also said that the scope of secrets will not go beyond that currently defined by the government and that the law will never threaten people’s ordinary lives.

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