Japan’s Secrecy Policy: Whistleblowers & Journalists Threatened With 10 Year Prison Terms

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Japan’s Controversial Secrecy Law Comes Into Effect

Under the new law, which cleared parliament in December 2013, information designated as state secrets, pertaining to diplomacy, defense, counterterrorism and counterespionage, can be classified for up to 60 years, with those found guilty of leaking them, including journalists, facing prison terms of up to 10 years.

“The government is taking the country down a very dangerous path and it’s one that we don’t want to go down as Japan made the same error in history and the outcome was devastating. That’s why we want the government to honor our peace-loving Constitution and scrap these military rules like the secrecy law,” Jun Hasegawa, 23, an engineering student at university and core organizer of the youth group Students Against Secret Protection Law (SASPL), who arranged this evening’s protest, told Xinhua by phone.
“The situation the country is in now is not good, we’ve…

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