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Japan secrecy act stirs fears about press freedom, right to know
Reuters ^ | 10/25/2013 | Linda Sieg

Posted on 10/29/2013 8:11:59 PM PDT by TexGrill

(Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government is planning a state secrets act that critics say could curtail public access to information on a wide range of issues, including tensions with China and the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The new law would dramatically expand the definition of official secrets and journalists convicted under it could be jailed for up to five years.

Japan's harsh state secrecy regime before and during World War Two has long made such legislation taboo, but the new law looks certain to be enacted since Abe's Liberal Democratic Party-led bloc has a comfortable majority in both houses of parliament and the opposition has been in disarray since he came to power last December.

Critics see parallels between the new law and Abe's drive to revise Japan's U.S.-drafted, post-war constitution to stress citizen's duties over civil rights, part of a conservative agenda that includes a stronger military and recasting Japan's wartime history with a less apologetic tone.

"There is a demand by the established political forces for greater control over the people," said Lawrence Repeta, a law professor at Meiji University. "This fits with the notion that the state should have broad authority to act in secret."

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1 posted on 10/29/2013 8:11:59 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill
"This fits with the notion that the state should have broad authority to act in secret."

Ironic. I've been increasingly coming to the conclusion that government should have no secrets whatsoever. I mean that in the broadest possible sense. They cannot easily tyrannize us if we know every little detail of what they are up to. To have no secrets would weaken us and limit some things we could do internationally. And maybe that's a good thing. Stay home. Be a limited government. Don't over-reach.

2 posted on 10/29/2013 8:15:16 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: TexGrill

In other words, lets not let everyone in Japan know how snafu’d we are.

Fukushima? What Fukushima?


3 posted on 10/29/2013 8:15:19 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

Nippon politcos are a bunch of scum just like anywhere else in the world . I fart in their direction .


4 posted on 10/29/2013 9:10:32 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: TexGrill

LESS apologetic...?

I do agree, but ONLY cuz its (mostly) China that we’re talking about here. I mean, seriously, if u give Chang one micrometer of wiggle room and e asks for 88 milles ofr reparations

Ehh..that’s still sort of a wowzer for me, though.


5 posted on 10/29/2013 9:21:33 PM PDT by gaijin
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