At a critically dangerous moment, Japan is poised to take a giant step toward officially shrouding Fukushima in the deepest possible secrecy.
At least two petitions are being circulated in opposition (www.nukefree.org).
One is addressed to the Japanese government and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (http://www.nukefree.org/stop-japans-fukushima-secrets-act).
The other goes to the new US Ambassador, Caroline Kennedy (http://www.nukefree.org/ask-ambassador-kennedy-oppose-fukushima-secrets-…).
The official state secrets act pushed by Abe has passed the lower house of the Japanese Diet and may pass the upper house shortly. Abe would then sign it.
But opposition within Japan is fierce. Large demonstrations have railed against the act, and the media/internet traffic is intense. The law will certainly be challenged in the courts. A national movement will follow to overturn the law and the administration that fomented it.
The bill mandates ten-year prison sentences for Japanese citizens who publicly oppose government policies having to do with “national security.” Abe is intent on stepping up Japan’s military. The bill is in part the product of increasing tensions with China. The circulation of a video of a recent naval encounter between the two powers is often cited.
But the critical issue is Fukushima, where the media’s access is already limited.
The massively dangerous, complex and expensive attempt to contain the disaster has reached a critical stage. . . . (more)
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