National Mar 29, 2017

Lower House panel warns against overuse of state secrecy law

A Lower House panel has voiced concern about the classification procedures of state secrets, warning that the nation's controversial secrecy law was being overused. In a report released on Wednesday, the intelligence surveillance panel stopped short of issuing official recommendations, saying its comments were simply ...

National Feb 3, 2016

U.N. expert on freedom of expression to visit Japan in April

A U.N. expert in charge of freedom of expression, whose visit was postponed at the Foreign Ministry's request, will visit Japan in April, the ministry said Wednesday. David Kaye, U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and ...

Editorials Dec 1, 2014

Judging Abe's policies

Along with the bread and butter issues of the economy, voters are urged to take a serious look at the Abe administration's actions in the areas of defense and freedom of information over the past two years.

Editorials Jun 3, 2014

Toothless secrecy oversight body

The ruling coalition's bill to set up a Diet committee to oversee government designations of "state secrets" needs drastic revision as it does not give the committee effective power to rectify classifications.

Commentary / Japan 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.

Editorials Jan 24, 2014

Limits of secrecy oversight panel

An expert council for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be able to serve as a minor check against the arbitrary application of the new state secrets law, but the the defects of the law will remain.