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State secrets protection law went into effect one year ago

  • 2015-12-11 15:00:00
  • , Nikkei
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(Nikkei: December 11, 2015 – p. 4)

 

 December 10 marked one year since the State Secrets Protection Law went into effect. On Dec 6, the state of implementation of the law in terms of the designation and declassification of state secrets was reported to the Diet in June and the monitoring bodies of the government and the Diet have been launched. However, many observers have pointed out that there is unsufficient information to judge whether the law is being properly implemented. The Diet’s watchdog plans to compile a report including issues and proposals before the end of this year. Since the watchdog’s recommendations for designating and declassifying state secrets have no binding power, whether the monitoring will be effective remains questionable. (Abridged)

 

 State of implementation of State Secrets Protection Law (as of end of June)

 

Name of organization

Number of designated state secrets

Number of administrative documents

Cabinet Secretariat

55

71,621

Cabinet Legislation Bureau

3

Cabinet Office

2

National Police Agency

23

19,881

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Telecommunications

2

25

Fire and Disaster Management Agency

5

Ministry of Justice

1

3

Public Security Investigation Agency

12

10,304

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

36

50,639

Ministry of Finance

2

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

4

111

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

1,368

Japan Coast Guard

16

10,110

Ministry of Defense

266

66,047

National Security Council

2

Total

417

230,121

 *A total of 97,560 of employees, including 2,200 from the private sector, have undergone screening for access to designated state secrets.

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