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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Abe refuses to modify state secrets protection bill in Upper House

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defends the state secrets protection bill during an Upper House plenary session on Nov. 27. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refused to make concessions on the state secrets protection bill during a heated Upper House session Nov. 27, arguing that there are limits on the public’s right to know.
“It is essential for securing the safety of Japan and the Japanese public to make sure that things that specifically need to be kept secret will not be leaked to those who don’t have to know about them,” the prime minister told the plenary session.
The coalition appears set to ram the bill unmodified through the Upper House and make it law before the current Diet session ends on Dec. 6.
Opponents of the bill have argued that the ambiguous wording in defining what will be designated state secrets leaves open the possibility of abuse and could undermine the public’s right to know.
The Lower House hosted a hearing on the bill in the prefectural capital of Fukushima on Nov. 25. All seven speakers, including those invited by the ruling parties, expressed opposition to the bill.
The ruling coalition remains negative about having the Upper House host a public hearing on the bill outside Tokyo.
But the opposition, including the Democratic Party of Japan, protested and accused the ruling bloc of resorting to heavy-handed tactics to speed up passage of the bill.
On Nov. 27 in the Upper House, Sohei Nihi of the Japanese Communist Party denounced the bill, saying, “A person could be labeled a suspect without even knowing what the secrets are all about.”
Abe indicated that warrants in a case involving leaked secrets would not give a suspect the specifics of the confidential information.
“Warrants may not expressly present everything about the classified secrets in question, but they will say what they are about, like, for example, ‘designated secrets about cryptograms,’” Abe said.
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Goodbye Fuku news..... (like we were running a two-legged horse anyway)

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