Dec 072013
 December 7, 2013  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S.

The Yomiuri Shimbun reports:

The House of Councillors has passed into law a divisive bill to protect specially designated state secrets with a majority of support from the ruling bloc, despite fierce resistance from the opposition camp.


Under the law, which will take effect a year after its promulgation, Cabinet members and others concerned will designate highly sensitive information in four areas, including defense and foreign affairs, as state secrets. Parties who leak such information will face a prison term of up to 10 years, far harsher than the maximum penalty set under the National Civil Service Law.

Read more on The Japan News. The Japan Times also covers the politically charged wrangling that went on.

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