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Tokyo judge to review emails exchanged between U.S., Japan on minutes of Joint Committee

Nikkei wrote that the Tokyo District Court decided on Monday to conduct an “in camera inspection” concerning a case in which a local NPO sued the central government for its refusal at one point to disclose the minutes of Joint Committee meetings held in 1952 and 1960. According to the article, a judge will review the emails exchanged between the two governments on the NPO’s request filed with MOFA in April 2015 for declassifying the documents in question. The GOJ has reportedly opposed the procedure by saying that it would undermine the relationship of mutual trust. The GOJ has also reportedly explained to the court that the U.S. side did not agree to disclose the minutes and that revealing the correspondence between the two governments on the matter would make future bilateral coordination difficult.

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