Friday, October 25, 2013

Mr. Abe's undemocratic secrecy bill | The Japan Times

The Abe Cabinet today is submitting to the Diet a bill designed to protect state information that the government deems vital to national security. The bill, which will give the heads of administrative bodies discretionary power to designate an extremely wide range of information as “special secrets,” will greatly limit the ability of the general public and mass media to access relevant information, thus undermining freedom of the press and the people’s right to know. If the content of the bill is closely scrutinized, it becomes clear that it will undermine the foundation of Japan’s democracy. We strongly urge Diet members, whether they belong to the ruling or the opposition bloc, to oppose the bill and defeat its passage.

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Comment: Special Secrets??? Is that anything like Double Secret Probation??? Not so sure I like the idea of giving "special provisions" to any power drunk jackass in times of emergency either. Just sounds like another excuse for a power grab and to take away people's freedoms!

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