On Thursday thousands of people gathered in Tokyo to protest the government’s new “official secrets law”. This law will broaden what the government can deem “secret” and therefore will make it illegal for the press to investigate anything that is considered secret. For example, this could prevent incidents such as the Fukushima nuclear crisis from being reported. One critic said, “if this law comes to pass, our constitution is nothing more than a scrap of paper.” The consequence for breaking this law is jail time for up to 5 years. Critics are also saying that the law is too vague and will be extremely difficult to know what falls under the umbrella of this law.
Takenaka, Kiyoshi. “Thousands protest against tough new official secrets law.” Japan Today, November 22, 2013. Accessed November 21, 2013.