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October 27 2013

Japan secrecy act stirs fears about press freedom, right to know


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.

Related: Fukushima whistleblower exposes yakuza connections, exploitation of cleanup workers

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