Amidst Global Concern About Fukushima, Japanese Government Wants More Secrecy

by lizard

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and his liberal majority in parliament are trying to push through secrecy legislation that will dramatically impact the ability of journalists to report on things the public needs to know about, like the world’s worst nuclear disaster ever:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is planning a state secrets act that critics say could curtail public access to information on a wide range of issues, including tensions with China and the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The new law would dramatically expand the definition of official secrets and journalists convicted under it could be jailed for up to five years.

Japan’s harsh state secrecy regime before and during World War Two has long made such legislation taboo, but the new law looks certain to be enacted since Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led bloc has a comfortable majority in both houses of parliament and the opposition has been in disarray since he came to power last December.

I wonder if activists like Mochizuki, who writes the Fukushima Diary, will face jail time for his coverage if this draconian legislation gets passed into law.

We, the citizens of the world, need to know the extent of the threat we are facing. A government-imposed media blackout is a threat to all of us.


  1. Big Swede

    Here in America we don’t need “secrecy legislation”

    They just threaten you with unemployment.

    http://www.libertynews.com/2013/10/shocking-video-cnn-anchor-reveals-obama-administration-officials-threaten-journalists-who-make-obama-look-bad/

  2. Big Swede

    Who needs laws when tyranny works better.

  3. Liz, I agree with all your points! Great! but….

    Why are you talking about this potentially worsening disaster when our healthcare is already in complete melt down? Do you live in the USA, or are you a Japanese correspondent?

    • lizard19

      first, Rev, I write about what I want to write about. second, if you think this disaster will only effect those living in Japan, then you might want to read up on the potential global impact if removing the spent fuel rods in reactor 4 goes wrong.

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