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Japan now the Hades of free speech & investigative journalism

The Prime Minister Abe Shinzo (LDP) led ruling coalition passed the ominous new Designated Secrets Bill yesterday in the middle of the night (circa 23:40), apparently fearing that the light of another day, or the harsh radiation of the truth, would cause the legislation to shrivel up and die.

The law will punish journalists and whistleblowers who divulge government secrets with up to ten years in prison, and up to five years for those who “instigate leaks” (ask questions about state secrets). There is no independent third-party organization set in place to monitor how the law is applied and it gives every ministry and the smallest government agency or related committee carte blanche to declare any inconvenient information “top secret.”

Over 80% of the Japanese population fears that the new laws will be used to cover up scandals and hide the truth from the public.

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    Uh this is to try to prevent the inevitable awareness of Fukushima from the majority of the population, just to try and...
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    well, so much for moving to Japan to escape America’s insane bullshit
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    Idk but Japan is one of the least corrupt countries in the world but by doing that makes it look like that the gov’t is...
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    What did the Prime Minister do? Because he just passed this before Jesus woke up, so I’m guessing some foul shit must’ve...
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    Welp that’s that I’m not going to work for Nintendo or Sony when I graduate. Also why the hell are nonviolent offenders...
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