POLITICS 政治 – Week 46 – 2013
via Shingetsu News Agency
The secrecy bill
- Abe regime wants to pass Govt Secrets Bill through the House of Representatives by November 21.
- Mainichi Shinbun survey finds public opposed to Govt Secrecy Bill by a margin of 59% against and 29% in favor.
- Asahi poll on Govt Secrets Bill: Opposed 42%; Approve 30%; Dunno 28%.
- Jiji Press: “push by govt of Japan PM Shinzo Abe to introduce a confidentiality law appears to be driven by pressure from the United States.”
- Eight prominent Japanese TV newscasters protest the Secrecy Bill at the Japan National Press Club.
- Former CCS Hiromu Nonaka says secrets bill reminds him of prewar legislation, makes him fear for the direction of the country.
- Your Party begins holding separate talks with ruling coalition on govt secrets bill.
- Minister Masako Mori says journalists would not face prison under govt secrets bill for engaging in “normal reporting.” “If we make public police’s security plans, such information could reach terrorists.” “After it becomes law I’d like to make further improvements to it.”
- CCS Suga says he wants the Diet to quickly pass the Govt Secrets Bill into law.
- Ichiro Ozawa warns that passage of govt secrets bill would entrench the anti-democratic power of govt bureaucrats.
- “Foreign Correspondents’ Club Calls for Abolition of ‘Secrets Protection’ Bill”
NHK under Abe’s control
- PM Abe succeeds in packing NHK Board of Governors with four of his right wing pals as Diet confirms his appointees.
- DPJ confirms opposition to 4 of 5 PM Abe picks to head NHK; will argue these appointees would jeopardize NHK’s neutrality.
PM Junichiro Koizumi’s anti-nuclear stand.
- Asahi poll finds 60% of the public approves of former PM Junichiro Koizumi’s anti-nuclear stand.
- Former PM Koizumi urges Abe to “turn a difficulty into an opportunity” and immediately end nuclear power in Japan.
- PM Abe says Japan needs nuclear power because it is “an island country” and can’t buy electricity from neighbors.
- PM Abe aide tells press there’s really “not much difference” between govt policy and former PM Koizumi’s zero nuclear stand.
- Toru Hashimoto criticizes former PM Koizumi for adopting zero nuclear stance Hashimoto once said in 2012 he symbolized.
Nationalism; school “orientation”
- Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura aiming for tighter control (i.e. more nationalism) in school textbooks. “The government’s stances on various issues need to be taught as part of school education.”
Shingetsu News Agency ‘s Michael Penn
- SNA President Michael Penn hands letter to lawmaker Taro Yamamoto at end of FCCJ press conference.
- IWJ posts video of SNA’s Michael Penn reading FCCJ Statement on Govt Secrets Bill at today’s presser.
An enormous thanks to Michael Penn and SNA
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