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The cabinet has okayed a bill that targets leakers of classified material, but it may pose a threat to freedom of the press, writes Ayako Mie in the Japan Times.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet is set to approve a controversial bill today to protect state secrets that stops short of fully guaranteeing the public's right to know and freedom of the press. Critics fear the bill, which would next go to the Diet, gives the government too much power to control access to information.    Read the article


Ex PM Koizumi's son on the way up

Ex PM Junichiro Koizumi's son, Shinjiro, has been promoted at the Reconstruction Agency, reports Ayako Mie of the Japan Times. This, despite his criticism of his own party's policies in in reconstructing Tohoku and failing to clean up the nuclear mess.

Shinjiro Koizumi’s appointment Monday as parliamentary secretary in charge of Tohoku’s recovery has generated much attention amid mounting criticism of the government for failing to speed up reconstruction efforts or end the radioactive water spill into the sea at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The 32-year-old son of popular former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will oversee its Iwate and Miyagi divisions.

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