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Journalists Fear Japan's Proposed Secret Information Protection Act
Written by Keiko Tanaka On 26 October 2013 @ 20:29 pm | 4 Comments
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The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a bill  [ja] on October 25, 2013 to impose tougher penalties on civil servants, lawmakers and others who leak national secrets and harm national security. The so-called Secret Information Protection Act has been unpopular among Japanese press, human rights advocates, and citizens who fear that the government would conceal radiation information.
Information security law expert Lawrence Repeta examines potential risks  of this bill such as right to access information in comparison with the American cases of Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning.
Before the bill was approved, the government accepted comment from the public, and among 90,480 comments submitted in a two-week span in early September, 69,579 were against the bill. The bill awaits the approval of parliament.
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