Japan Enacts State Secrets Law, Criminalizing Investigative Journalism – ‘Imposing One’s Opinions On Others’ Is Now Terrorism

Japan enacts state secrets law late Friday night amid revolt — “It criminalizes investigative journalism” — Terrorism defined as “imposing one’s opinions on others” (ENENEws, Dec 6, 2013):

Japan Times, Dec. 6, 2013: Following political turmoil that rocked the Diet over the past week, ruling block Upper House members finally enacted the contentious state secrets bill late Friday night. Earlier in the day, opposition parties intensified their protests in vain over a law that’s being criticizing for not creating an independent oversight body capable of preventing the government from hiding inconvenient information at its discretion.

Businessweek, Dec. 6, 2013: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secured final passage of a bill granting Japan’s government sweeping powers to declare state secrets, a measure aimed at shoring up defense ties with the U.S. that prompted a public backlash and revolt by the opposition.

Asahi Shimbun, Dec. 6, 2013: Kazuo Shii, chief of the Japanese Communist Party, described the ruling coalition’s behavior as “tyrannical, arrogant and disorderly.” The ruling coalition believed prolonging the Diet debate any longer could backfire, only fueling the mushrooming opposition to the bill, and lead to a further decline in approval ratings for Abe’s Cabinet and hold on power. An Asahi Shimbun survey taken between Nov. 30-Dec. 1 showed the Cabinet’s approval rating at 49 percent, dipping below 50 percent for the first time since he took power in December 2012. Officials in the Abe administration foresee the public eventually forgetting about the controversy, once the legislation is approved.

GlobalPost, Dec. 6, 2013: Here are four disturbing ways the bill could be a democracy muzzler. It defines terrorism as imposing one’s opinions on others […] According to Article 12, terrorism is partially defined as an activity that forces “political and other principles or opinions on the state or other people.” In other words, throw up a rowdy anti-government protest, and the judiciary can find a reason to lock you away. It criminalizes investigative journalism […] Journalists can be prosecuted for “improperly accessing” classified documents or “conspiring” to leak them. Even asking an official to take a look at classified documents could constitute “conspiracy,” leading to up to five years in prison. “Instigating” the release of government secrets, meanwhile, carries up to 10 years in the dock. […] Basically, anything can be a secret […] administrators can make the opaque decisions to classify a document even if their work hardly relates to national security. That effectively allows them to hide any embarrassing piece of evidence, and then pursue the journalists and bloggers who make it public. […]

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Stand up Japan!

It’s now or never.

 

3 thoughts on “Japan Enacts State Secrets Law, Criminalizing Investigative Journalism – ‘Imposing One’s Opinions On Others’ Is Now Terrorism

  1. Why the other nations are allowing them to destroy the Pacific Ocean, the food chain, and the lives of millions is beyond understanding by any decent living person. It is so evil…….I have no words for it.
    If I were in charge, I’d do whatever it took to wipe them, and their poison breeding factories off the face of the earth…..because that is what they are doing to us. It is war, and why our leaders are doing nothing to stop this is beyond me.
    I thought Hitler was evil, so was Joe Stalin and Mussolini……how is this different than Hitler’s gas ovens? It is hidden, but the results are just as lethal.
    I have lived too long, and the more I see, the more relieved I am that an illness will soon take my life. I don’t want to see the dead sea life on the beaches of the Pacific in San Francisco, and a dead ocean.
    Here, in Sonoma County, all the crab is dead. This is the time of year we used to enjoy cracked crab and sourdough French bread………..no longer. They are attributing it to climate change.
    Climate change…………yeah, right.

  2. I have a question for these idiots, and I mean IDIOTS. If passing an idea is treason, what about those who are exporting poisons that will kill millions?
    They deserve to be blown sky high, out of existence, because that is exactly what they are doing to us, daily, slowly, mendaciously……..

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