Japan’s state secrecy laws still a secret

In the first year after Japan’s State Secrecy laws was enacted, various ministers and agencies classified 382 issues as state secrets. The law is well into its second year, yet we still don’t know what actually constitutes a ‘state secret’.

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fukushima-worse-than-thought-696x409In the first year after Japan’s State Secrecy laws was enacted, various ministers and agencies classified 382 issues as state secrets. The law is well into its second year, yet we still don’t know what actually constitutes a ‘state secret’.

Prime Minister of Japan Abe railroaded theAct on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets(SDS) through the Diet, or Japanese parliament, in spite of 80% opposition from the Japanese public.

As of December 2014, whistle-blowers can be imprisoned for 10 years if they leak state secrets, and journalists publishing this information face up to five years in jail and a hefty fine. The law targets terrorism, espionage and defense leaks, and at first glance, it is familiar and expected given the current reality of transnational crime and terrorism.  

Yet the media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), have warned that the law is an “unprecedented threat to…

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