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Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 12:00 - 14:00

Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Abe on the state secrecy law

Yosuke Isozaki,
Special Advisor to the Prime MInister
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation

 It was seen as signature legislation for the current administration, but support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has slid in opinion polls after his ruling coalition steamrolled through the Diet a tough secrecy act that critics fear could muzzle the media and allow officials to hide misdeeds.

The law provides jail terms of up to ten years for public servants or others leaking state secrets. Journalists and others in the private sector convicted of encouraging such leaks could get up to five years if they use "grossly inappropriate" means to get information.

While Abe was quick to defend his legislation, he admitted he should have taken more time to explain the bill carefully. The government still has a chance to ease public concerns before the law is officially in place.

Yosuke Isozaki is Abe's special advisor. Upper House MP Isozaki has been a staunch advocate of the secrecy law and has pointed out what he says are misconceptions in the media about the necessity and effects of the law in his tweets and blog. He is an author of several books on secrecy law. He will be visiting the Club to continue the debate over the state secrecy law.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/non-members is 1,700/2,600 yen; non-members eligible to attend may pay in cash. (Menu: sautéed veal loin served with boiled vegetable) Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. For meal service, please enter the room by 12:25.

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