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METI bans staff from meeting with press outside ministry

  • February 28, 2017
  • , Yomiuri , p. 35
  • JMH Translation

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry disclosed on Feb. 27 that not only are METI workers required to lock office doors, but, as a rule, must also report the substance of interviews they give to the press to the ministry’s Public Relations Office. The new rule is clearly intended to keep staff from speaking to the media outside the ministry.


There are times when a person with information needs to remain anonymous. In those cases, reporters meet with the source outside the ministry. The new rule may discourage METI information sources from talking to media.


Kazuhiro Wakatsuki, director of METI’s Public Relations Office, said, “We continue to welcome press interviews. That will not change. We can have both (information disclosure and information management).” (Abridged)

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