The government of Japan is ready to sign into law a new ‘state secrets’ law that will crush journalism in Japan and possibly jail whistleblowers for as many as 10 years. With the deteriorating situation at Fukushima only being reported to the world via the alternative media and Japan ready to gag the Japanese press and whistleblowers with threats of jail time, is there something that the Japanese government knows about Fukushima that they are trying to hide: Fuel Removal From Fukushima’s Reactor 4 Threatens ‘Apocalyptic’ Scenario. Radiation Fuel Rods Matches Fallout of 14,000 Hiroshima Bombs from the rest of the world? Video reports below including a brand new one from Paul Begley who shares that Fukushima workers CANNOT escape the radiation in Japan and are being lied to by this same government that now wants to gag the press.
Many issues of national importance to Japan, probably including the state of the Fukushima power plant, may be designated state secrets under a new draft law. Once signed, it could see whistleblowers jailed for up to 10 years.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has agreed on draft legislation on the issue on Friday and expects the parliament to vote on it during the current session, which ends on December 6.
Critics say the new law would give the executive too much power to conceal information from the public and compromise the freedom of the press.
“Basically, this bill raises the possibility that the kind of information about which the public should be informed is kept secret eternally,” Tadaaki Muto, a lawyer and member of a task force on the bill at the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, told Reuters.
Media watchdogs in Japan fear the bill would allow the government to cover up serious blunders, like the collusion between regulators and utilities, which was a significant factor in the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The quake- and tsunami-hit nuclear power plant went into meltdown and continues to leak contaminated water as its operator TEPCO failed to contain it.
TEPCO has long been accused of obscuring the crisis and Fukushima. Many details on its development were first published in the media before going to governmental or corporate reports.
“It seems very clear that the law would have a chilling effect on journalism in Japan,” said Lawrence Repeta, a law professor at Meiji University.