At a time when the Fukushima nuclear situation appears to be edging towards hypercritical, Japan’s Designated Secrets Bill was speedily pushed through the lower and upper house affording the executive carte blanche to withhold information on a range of issues from the public. The bill clamps down on the rights of journalists and limits peoples’ access to information. It is linked to a bill passed in November 2013 that establishes a National Security Council along the lines of America’s NSA.
The Secrets bill specifically provides for the sharing of designated secrets with foreign governments while withholding information from its own people. [Read more…]