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Japan: Amend “Special Secrets” Bill to Protect Public Interest

Email The Japanese government should revise the draft Special Secret Protection Bill to ensure it protects people’s rights under international law. To meet Japan’s international obligations, the bill should explicitly provide protection for whistleblowers and journalists, strengthen human rights protections, narrow the definition of the “special secret” to such information that poses a serious threat to national security, and make sure that clear and restrictive standards to guide classification decisions will be put in place. The Japanese government should revise the draft Special Secret Protection…

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