Editorials Dec 4, 2013

Ishiba validates secrecy bill fears

In his recent criticism of public demonstrations near the Diet building by those opposed to the secrecy bill, Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba validated concerns that the bill could be used to silence citizens who express certain political opinions or demands.

Ruling bloc rams secrets bill through Lower House

National / Politics Nov 26, 2013

Ruling bloc rams secrets bill through Lower House

by Ayako Mie

The ruling coalition forced its contentious state secrets bill through the Lower House on Tuesday evening amid calls from all but one of the opposition forces for further deliberations on its provisions. The bill was immediately sent to the Upper House after the ruling Liberal ...

National Nov 24, 2013

Information grab raises ire across the spectrum

Journalists, citizens' groups and academics, among others, are growing increasingly vociferous in their opposition to the state secrets bill. The legislation is aimed at giving the government the unilateral right to keep information on defense, diplomacy and counterterrorism secret indefinitely. Even the Fukushima Prefectural Assembly has ...

Editorials Nov 20, 2013

Kill the secrecy bill

The government's proposed amendments to its secrecy bill do not changed its basic undemocratic nature. It should be killed.